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Betta Imbellis

11:20 AM - January 12, 2013 by Adam Short

Date Classified: 1975

Native Location: Northeastern Sumatra, the Malay Peninsula, Penang Island and Phuket and Ko Samui islands off of Thailand


•    Ditches
•    Swamps
•    Pig wallows
•    Flooded waterways
•    Canals


•    Various live insects
•    Larvae
•    Other live foods indigenous to that area

Water and Hardness: Calcium-magnesium 5-20

Water Temperature: 74-93 degrees Fahrenheit

Water pH: 5.5 to 7.0

In Aquaria:

Physical Appearance:Same as in their natural habitat

•    Blue-black
•    Females are not as vibrant with more brownish hues
•    Gill covers have two blue or green bars


•    Red pelvic fins
•    Males’ dorsal, caudal and anal fins are longer than females
•    Both genders have shorter fins than most other Bettas
•    Red anal fin
•    Tail fin has thin, black band

Size: 2 inches

Feeding in Captivity: Live and frozen as well as commercial flakes and dried food

Water and Hardness: Tolerates various water conditions but enjoys a calcium-magnesium hardness

Water Temperature: 78-80 degrees Fahrenheit

Water pH: 6.5 to 7

Breeding: Will spawn in a community tank under decorations or plants. Use a 10-gallon or larger tank filled only with 6 inches of 50 % RO (reverse osmosis) water and 50% tap water. Up to 500 eggs will be released.

Note: Betta Imbellis is one of the more peaceful species of Betta and is perfect if you desire an aquarium with many types of fish.

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