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Hey all! Relatively new to wild bettas, but have been generally fishkeeping for about 5 years. As such I am caring for these guys best I can until I find out their exact species and can figure out what exactly they need.
I’ve seen a fair few posts where the original issue is that they were incorrectly labelled or not labelled at all when bought - unfortunately I got hit by this too! They couldn’t tell me anything other than ‘wild betta’.
I’ve only got photos of one of the two as the other is very shy, but they’re the same species - as far as I’m aware a male and a female, as they were sold to me as a pair.

could somebody help me be certain of which betta species these guys are so I can care for them properly? They’re in a (covered!) 23g blackwater tank with shrimp, Pygmy cories and some chilli rasboras. There’s also five endler males vacationing in there as I’m caring for them for a friend, but they’re not staying.
 

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You are already in the right family, betta4ever!. Those belong to the coccina family, I‘d say. And a friend supported that.

They‘re not B. uberis though. Uberis have more dorsal rays.

They could be B. tussyae. Maybe compare pictures and see if this could be a match, AtlasArcana.

And let‘s also see what others think.
 

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If asked for their needs, I‘d say:

Keeping only - without the aim of reproduction - following parameters are ideal and should be met:

Temp: round about 77 F
pH: 4,5–6,5 (the higher the less likely to spawn)
GH: 1-6 (up to ~ 100 ppm)

Regarding these conditions, tiny live food like Grindal Worms, BBS and frozen food like Cyclops are the best choice as processed food won‘t usually be taken and will pollute the water.

It‘s best to keep them by themselves as they are easily outcompeted for food by other species.

They can be kept together with other fish of similar needs like small Boraras or Licorice Gouramis.

So if you intend to keep them and your other fish aswell and even get the Wilds to spawn, I‘d go for a small separate tank of ~ 6-8 gal with a simple sponge filter and use R/O water filtered over peet or water of equal softness filtered over peet.

It‘s really rewarding - even if one has to adopt to sitting quietly in front of the tank and waiting for their appearance and interaction (I definitely had to adopt😀)!

No substrate needed - just boiled oak or Indian almond leaves and ideally some worn out peet pellets. Java fern and Java moss will work as well as Anubias and Water Sprite as far as plants are concerned.

I‘ll attach pictures of my blackwater tank for Betta of the coccina family - not to be super savvy but just to give you an idea. I‘m new to keeping Wild Betta myself and have great support by some experienced friends - so I‘m passing on what they advised me and what worked out for me. I have fry every few weeks at the moment.

I‘m glad to help and answer any questions!

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If asked for their needs, I‘d say:

Keeping only - without the aim of reproduction - following parameters are ideal and should be met:

Temp: round about 77 F
pH: 4,5–6,5 (the higher the less likely to spawn)
GH: 1-6 (up to ~ 100 ppm)

Regarding these conditions, tiny live food like Grindal Worms, BBS and frozen food like Cyclops are the best choice as processed food won‘t usually be taken and will pollute the water.

It‘s best to keep them by themselves as they are easily outcompeted for food by other species.

They can be kept together with other fish of similar needs like small Boraras or Licorice Gouramis.

So if you intend to keep them and your other fish aswell and even get the Wilds to spawn, I‘d go for a small separate tank of ~ 6-8 gal with a simple sponge filter and use R/O water filtered over peet or water of equal softness filtered over peet.

It‘s really rewarding - even if one has to adopt to sitting quietly in front of the tank and waiting for their appearance and interaction (I definitely had to adopt😀)!

No substrate needed - just boiled oak or Indian almond leaves and ideally some worn out peet pellets. Java fern and Java moss will work as well as Anubias and Water Sprite as far as plants are concerned.

I‘ll attach pictures of my blackwater tank for Betta of the coccina family - not to be super savvy but just to give you an idea. I‘m new to keeping Wild Betta myself and have great support by some experienced friends - so I‘m passing on what they advised me and what worked out for me. I have fry every few weeks at the moment.

I‘m glad to help and answer any questions!

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Your tank looks great!
 

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Hey all! Relatively new to wild bettas, but have been generally fishkeeping for about 5 years. As such I am caring for these guys best I can until I find out their exact species and can figure out what exactly they need.
I’ve seen a fair few posts where the original issue is that they were incorrectly labelled or not labelled at all when bought - unfortunately I got hit by this too! They couldn’t tell me anything other than ‘wild betta’.
I’ve only got photos of one of the two as the other is very shy, but they’re the same species - as far as I’m aware a male and a female, as they were sold to me as a pair.

could somebody help me be certain of which betta species these guys are so I can care for them properly? They’re in a (covered!) 23g blackwater tank with shrimp, Pygmy cories and some chilli rasboras. There’s also five endler males vacationing in there as I’m caring for them for a friend, but they’re not staying.
Wow those are gorgeous. I agree with Feanor that they belong to coccina. Do you remember the name of the place/person you purchased them from?
 
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