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    SCAPE Member 3000 posts, Grand Master SCAPER naturalwonders's Avatar
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    Red wine betta sp. api api.

    Here is another species of wild betta that I have been keeping and breeding for a couple of years now. They are betta sp. api api from the coccina complex. These guys are very easy to keep. They have then vibrant red wine red color and sparkling blue eyes. Mostly bubble nesters, however there are reports of them being mouth brooders as well. These are adults in a 5 gallon tank. 50/50 RO/tap water in Santa Monica. No heater, no filter, just light and plants.


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    SCAPE Member 1000 posts, Semi-Pro SCAPEr jem_xxiii's Avatar
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    Beautiful, just like all the other projects you've worked on James. How do you tell the females and males apart?
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    SCAPE Member 3000 posts, Grand Master SCAPER naturalwonders's Avatar
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    Thanks Johnny.

    Many people ask that question. For this species it's a bit tricky actually. You have to look and compare side by side to see the differences between male and female. But in general, the male has larger fins and with a much more defined golden stripe on the dorsal fin. The female has rounder fins and a bit rounder body. Of course you can also look for the round yellowish belly which is sometimes apparent in the female.
    Btw, all the fish in that video are males. Hahahaha, I took all the females out for spawning. That particular batch is 95% males. hahaha

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    Beautiful, just like all the other projects you've worked on James. How do you tell the females and males apart?

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    They look amazing nevertheless. Have you checked out black water aquatics (bwaquatics.com)? They are in Orange County and specialize in different types of bettas. I saw on their website that they carry the wild types of these same bettas. Might be worth checking out, or you can give them some tips!
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