Minimum tank specs for captive-bred wild bettas (imbellis, mahachai, etc.)?
Hi all! Long time no post. Been out of the hobby for over two years due to moving/school/life, but I'm looking to get back into it. I'd like to get back into fishkeeping with ye olde betta... but this time, I'm ready to step my game up and try some of the more unusual types.
My main question is what the title says: what are the minimum tank requirements for some of the wild betta types, and do they differ depending on whether the fish are wild-caught or captive-bred?
I've found a local breeder who has both B. imbellis and mahachaiensis. His fry are F1 offspring from imported wild-caught parents. I'd love to get myself an imbellis or mahachaiensis as a "centerpiece fish" in a planted nano, but I've been unable to find good information online about tank requirements for these species.
Unfortunately, my countertop space is very limited and I doubt I can go much above the ADA 25x25x25 cm (4 gallon) tank. I might be able to get up to the 30x30x30 cm (8 gallon) tank.
- How similar is the care and keeping of wild bettas to that of splendens?
- Can a single male imbellis or mahachaiensis be kept in a heavily-planted 4 gallons? I've seen sites suggesting that pairs need at least 10 gallons, but I've found nothing about housing for single males.
- Do captive-bred wild bettas have different requirements than wild-caughts?
- Are tannins/almond leaves a necessity?
- What kind of flow and filtration to they need?
- How bold/shy are the wild types compared to splendens?
- Should I just say "forget it" and go with a very imbellis-looking plakat thai betta instead?
Thanks in advance. I appreciate all input, especially from folks who have experience keeping and breeding wild bettas.