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My quest for a US seller for betta imbellis turns up The Fish Wizards. They specialize in killies and list some wild betta species. The Fish Wizards ~ Tony and David
I know we're a small group that love the wilds but I was wondering if anyone here has ever dealt with them. On another note, I have kind have been obsessed with Aphyosemion australe. They almost seem like they should have been born bettas! If anyone here keeps them I would be interested in knowing how they compare To the wild splendens group bettas.
 

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I can't help with your question about 'The Fish Wizards', but I've kept and bred Aphyosemion australe in the past, and all I can say is that the poor availability of killifish in Australia, is probably the only reason I never made the switch from solely keeping wilds to solely keeping killifish. That's how much I like them.

I found A. australe easy to feed, easy to breed, and there were certainly no issues with shyness there. My males would even put on a show if I showed them the mirror. You will find males kept alone will develop much longer filaments (I think that's the term) on their caudal fins than males kept in groups, and as with livebearers, you are better to have at least two females to every one male.

Like wilds they do jump, so will need a covered aquarium. It can also take some practice to get a decent hatch rate with the killifish, but unlike wilds, A. australe fry will take powdered foods right from the start (I like to use Sera Micron).

I think A. australe is the perfect species for someone wanting to make the jump to killifish. They are very forgiving and there are a number of different strains.
 

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Thanks! That's great to know. As a matter of fact I may just put off the imbellis for a while and delve into the Aphyosemions. I like to breed what I have and I only have a couple of local fish stores near me. I think the A. australe might be easier to sell to a mom and pop store.
Any other tips on a breeding setup? Spawning mop? java moss?
 

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I personally liked to use a spawning mop because it was easier to collect the eggs . If the tank provides enough cover, it's likely you will also find the occasional fry. I would check the mop daily, and hatch the eggs out in a separate container. I'm not sure how light sensitive the eggs are, but just to be safe I kept mine away from strong light. Everyone seems to have their own method when it comes to hatching eggs from this species, and it can take some tweaking before you figure out what works best for you. It's obviously going to be easy if you've worked with fish that reproduce in a similar fashion (I'm not sure what fish you've worked with currently and in the past).

They don't need a large tank. A 5 gallon tank would provide ample space for a pair. Temperature wise, my fish did well at low to mid seventies. Feeding a diet rich in live/frozen foods will boost spawning activity, but be careful not to overfeed as I've found like wilds they can be prone to obesity.

I just wish we had more species available here, or could at least import eggs from overseas. The Aphyosemion and Chromaphyosemion groups are my favourite, but only a handful of species have managed to make it into the hobby here.
 
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