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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-30-2017, 06:04 PM
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I've seen some hybrids that are VERY close to the real thing. I think it depends what they are a hybrid of.

Unfortunately, wilds don't seem to display well in fish store tanks. I've yet to see a wild that's even close to fully coloured up and behaving normally in a sale tank at a store. Usually they dart from one area of cover to another or wedge themselves up against the back or top of the tank. So I think they get the undeserved reputation as being dull to look at and shy.

I don't really know much about splendens complex species (I breed coccina complex species), but I believe at least some of the copper varieties are hybrids. Personally, I'm 100% against hybridisation of wild betta species. We have enough fish in this hobby that have been tinkered with by humans. I think if we are going to be taking these fish from the wild (especially as a large number are highly endangered) we should be working towards conservation, and avoid potential polluting of pure lines with hybrid stock by those that don't know better (you will be surprised at how many people assume a traditionally coloured plakat is a Betta imbellis).


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thanks for bringing this post back!

i'm on facebook, so i'll check out the group. i'm still doing my research and analyzing my options and what would be most convenient for me to keep. i love the coloring on the imbellis, but i haven't done as much research on them as i have for albimarginata and channoides. they still might be an option for me if i can't find any albimarginata in my price range. i've been keeping my eye on aquabid for awhile and haven't really seen any lately.

it's a shame that the original wilds have been hybridized because they're such beautiful fish. i would love for people to become more aware of wild bettas because they're such interesting fish and there are so many different species and varieties to choose from and specialize in.

Sodium; purple salamander, dumbo halfmoon.
Gubble; pink salamander, dumbo rosetail.
Dinky; red and teal dragonscale halfmoon
The Red Scare; red veiltail.
PRNDL; teal, red, and white crowntail.
Windex; blue and black, freckled doubletail.

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Yes, I don't think many hobbyists are aware just how many species of betta there are, and how varied in behaviour and appearance they can be. I mean you have everything from a 3-4cm bubblenester right up to a 11-12cm mouthbrooder, and then everything in between.

That FB group is very active and unlike most other wild betta forums/FB groups, most members on it speak (well write) English (whether as a first or second language). Unfortunately, it's slim pickings when it comes to forums and FB groups relating to wild bettas. Most are either inactive or you are constantly having to translate everything into English. That should definitely put you into contact with breeders and fellow enthusiasts.
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I'm not sure if you are on FB, but there is a group called 'Wild Betta World' that has a large membership and a number of members from the US that keep and breed wild bettas.
Not much going on over there. Few people posting pictures. I Joined and asked if anyone knew of someone breeding imbellis in the US and got crickets.......
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That's odd. I swear I can't find your post when I search that group for the term 'imbellis'. When did you post it? Most of the discussion is posting photos but it's the most active wild betta related resource I've come across online so far.

Sorry no one replied. If I could have offered assistance I would, but unfortunately being Australian based and not keeping that complex I can't even point you in a likely direction.


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wild spendens family, look for thai seller, you can try aquabid, or you can look for Lyon Goh of BCS (Betta Club Singapore)
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wild spendens family, look for thai seller, you can try aquabid, or you can look for Lyon Goh of BCS (Betta Club Singapore)
Thanks. It never hurts to have another potential source. I do have a couple of connections as I have bought from Malaysia and Thailand before. I was just hoping to find someone closer to me. I've had good luck and my fish from over seas got to me in great shape but it's pretty scary for me.
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