Finally we can offer once more one of the beautiful Bettas belonging to the relationship of the „small red ones“: Betta coccina. The Vinered fighter, also called the Blue spot fighter, comes from Sumatra, Jambi province. Like all these „small red ones“ it occurs in forests. Here the fish live among the dead leaves of the trees. The collectors often report that no free water is visble, but only wet litter. However, in rainy seasons Betta coccina can be also found in more „normal“ types of water bodies. The water there is always soft and acidic, most often of deep brown colour.
The small fish are comparatively peaceful against conspecifics; usually one can keep and breed them in small groups. The males like to build their small foam nests in dark, hidden places. The black plastic tins that are used for analogue photo films are much sought for that purpose by breeders, but become rare at times of digital photography…
Sadly the fish gives only a rough idea how beautiful it can look when it is placed in the light photo tank with clear and clean water. So – as a great exception – we decided in this special case to use a picture from the German wikipedia, which is licenced under Creative Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ABetta_coccina_%22Jambi-Sumatra%22.JPG; By Parostoteles (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. This picture shows a male in breeding condition.
The remaining pictures show, as usual, animals of our current stock.
For our customers: the fish have code 379903 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer