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Since I did our endler guppies, thought I'd do one for the wild betta species we currently have.

There's so much variety available in them which is why I love them so much.

Betta enisae

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Betta patoti

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Betta macrostoma

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Betta rutilans Sp. Green

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Ooooh that first one *wants*

The first one (betta enisae) have finally held eggs to term, so we have a handful of little swimmers in the tank.

Such amazing blues on the adult males face.

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Love the blue on the enisae, looking forward to pics of fry!!

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Will try upload more photos of some of our betta species.

So much variation which is amazing.

Aquarium strain betta pallifina

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Betta gladiator "sabah"

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Betta Sp. Antuta

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Betta bellica

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Wild bettas are native to South East Asian (Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia)

We get ours either specially imported in for us, or coburg aquarium imports in their own from time to time.

We are in Melbourne, and currently have a few species available if people ask if we have any, but we rarely publicy advertise any for sale.

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Where does one get native bettas? Any in Melbourne?

Couldn't hurt to post a WTB ad in the SKF Marketplace Sprae. If anyone has some they can PM you!!

They look amazing!!

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Thought I'd share one more photo of a wild.

Here's a juvie betta ocellata which we bred.

We are guessing we have 4 pairs out of the fry, unfortunately the dad got dropsy so we have a lone adult lady.

Can't wait for their full colour to pop out.

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Nice collection you have, i didn't realise there was that many types of wilds available.

Not sure if you are aware but the importation rules are being changed in march next year so if you're after other types you should get them before this happens, basically with the tests they want done on imports i fear that we won't be able to get anymore in.

Would you have any of the rutilans or enisae available for sale?

They look magic, if you do could you please pm me a price with shipping to brisbane 4132

Cheers mick

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Full aware of what's been proposed.

We are visiting our importer today to ask about getting a box of mixed wilds into Melbourne, and then if we can put the offer to others to help fill the box.

We have also been discussing with wild collectors who will help us get true localities of species.

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Plan is next time we organise an import we get a large mix, add some new types for some of our lone partners, and try to bring in a large range of localities of each type.

Working with two different importers right now to find the best and cheapest option for quarantine.

Hopefully we can get it done by 1st or march.

Spoke to one importer today, and they said it will take a few years still for it to come into effect, and they will have a few years of complete crap with it all, but it will start sorting itself out (this is what he thinks, but its still early days)

Dont want to disclose too much with what get told as it is just his view.

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That's understandable, five years ago they were going to ban all fish imports so this is a rather watered down version.

I'm still interested to know what you have for sale.

Cheers mick

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Thought I'd update this with some of our newest wild bettas. Love these new guys a lot.

Betta dennisyongi

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Betta rubra

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So many amazing varieties of wild betta! It was an eye opener seeing so many on display last week!!

Anyone considering keeping something unique in the fish realm, definitely consider some of these! They have such inquisitive personalities!

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Yeah I put the Anabantids right below Cichlids for intellect and character in freshwater tanks. Bettas are my favorites of them. 

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Problem with cichlids is every man and his dog breed them.

bettas take a lot more work, conditioning, and knowledge of behaviour I feel to be successful.

What I may do is make a thread for what wilds are available and from where. Some amazing species currently through aquarium industries, but they list them with common names which makes it hard for hobbyists to request their store get a certain species

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That would be awesome if you could do that, I would be interested to know where to get some.

Cheers mick

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Yep agree with that lodo, plenty of cichlid breeders out there and not many with wild Bettas. 

 

But I have to say that some Cichlids are difficult to breed and take an equal level of skill and understanding to succeed with. These are the species you don't see much, that few people are breeding. 

 

+1 Mick - James do that list. The current AI names suck, their price list used to have latin names I'm sure. 

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Just to add another variety not already pictured.

 

These are some of the Betta gunung raja I picked up the other weekend.

 

Boy

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Girl

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Together

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The images don't really do their colours justice. But something for reference.

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