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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-09-2019, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
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So I have a chance to get a female imbellis along with either a stunning blue alien hybrid or a beautiful and highly unique domestic hmpk. I was hoping to breed so I am A: wondering if imbellis and domestics csn succesfully breed and B: if i can house the hybrid and imbelis toghether. I can only get one male and have never had wilds before although I have aleays loved the look of Imbellis and hybrids. Any and all advice is greatly appreciated.

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-09-2019, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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Just to clarify- I will get female imbelis no matter what, I just want to know if shes able to live and breed with both domestic and alien hybrid bettas

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yes you can cross, i am currently working on a 3rd generation imbellis hybrid myself, those two species are in the splenden complex and can cross. imbellis hybrid usually have that blue/green/red multi color pattern going on and their bodies are a bit longer.
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Ok cool! Is it possible to cross the imbelis with domestics too?
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domestic bettas found in pet stores are usually a variation of the original betta splendens, and are often considered as "betta splendens".

these species are all in the "splendens complex" and can be crossed, though some are crossed with difficulty.

-betta imbellis
-betta splendens
-betta mahachai/ensis
-betta smaragdina
-betta stiktos
-betta siamorientalis
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Ok thanks for your help! Could i house a female imbelis in the same tank as either male (domestic or alien hybrid)?

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In my opinion, it is never recommended to keep any species of the splendens complex together. Though I have seen an imbellis pair kept together in a 20 gallon planted, I do not recommend it. Although "imbellis" is latin for "peaceful/noncombative", they will still flare up and may fight/attack other male or females bettas in their territory.

Bettas in the splenden complex never live together and only come together to breed, then they go their own way and stay in their own territory.
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Ok thanks, i really aprciate the help.

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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-10-2019, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
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Ok so the tank im using for either the alien or the imbelis hasnt been aquascaped so far ive used the last of any gravel i have in it although Im planning on getting more white stones so theres more room for any root plants I get. Ive never aquascaped any tanks for wilds before and was just curious if anyone has any tips and tricks they can give me along with that im hoping for some suggestions on plants and decor.

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Dark substrate, tannin stained water, plenty of plant cover, and dim lighting will give you the best behaviour and colouring in most species of wild betta (I believe some species do come from more clear water environments but these tend to be mouthbrooders).

Also the top of the tank should be completely covered. This means no spaces around cords or tubing, or holes for feeding. I use cling wrap for smaller wilds. I would have to say jumping is probably one of the leading causes of death for wild bettas in captivity.

I'm a purist, so dislike hybridisation. However, if you do hybridise your fish and sell them on, please specify as clearly as possible that they are hybrids. This is my biggest issue with hybrids. Some of these species are highly endangered in the wild, and you don't want a breeder accidentally introducing hybrid blood into an otherwise pure line.


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