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Betta Burdigala

1:02 PM - January 12, 2013 by Adam Short

Date Classified: 1994

Native Location: Bangka Island, 15 miles off east coast of Sumatra

Environment: Peat swamp forest

Food: Live food indigenous to its habitat as well as tree and plant roots

Water Temperature: 75 degrees Fahrenheit

Water pH: 3.78

In Aquaria:

Physical Appearance: Similar to their native habitat

•    Wine red
•    Head has 3 dark red stripes


•    Males – very pointed, longer dorsal and anal fins
•    Males – darker coloration on fins
•    Iridescent green patches on front 1/3 of dorsal/anal fins
•    Dorsal ray count of 14 or 15

Size: 2.5 inches in length

Feeding in Captivity: Live as well as commercial grade food; vegetation

Water and Hardness: Soft – low calcium-magnesium hardness

Water Temperature: 71-75 degrees Fahrenheit

Water pH: 4-5.5

Breeding: They will spawn in a floated PVC tube, which should be attached to Styrofoam or beneath surface plants. This male builds a large bubblenest.

Note: Betta burdigala is on the IUCN Red List of threatened species.

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