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Betta Splendens

11:00 AM - January 12, 2013 by Adam Short

Native Location: Southern, central and eastern Thailand, Cambodia and southern Vietnam

Environment:

•    Overgrown ponds
•    Shallow rice paddies
•    Stagnant pools
•    Polluted streams
•    Lowland swamps and other stagnant water with low-oxygen content

Physical Appearance:

•    Shades of brown and gray
•    Some red, blue and green coloration

Food: Mainly insects that have fallen into the water, some algae

Water pH: Low values

In Aquaria:

Physical Appearance:

•    Vibrant reds
•    Greens
•    Yellows
•    Blues

Finnage:

•    One caudal and dorsal fin
•    Two pelvic fins
•    One anal fin
•    Two pectoral fins

Newest Varieties:

•    Pineapple Betta is tan with shorter, yellow fins
•    Copper Betta is gold-brown, deep copper and deep red
•    Indo Betta is blue-black – uniformly dark

Size: Average 3 inches in length

Feeding in Captivity:

•    Live foods
•    Brine shrimp
•    Blackworms
•    Mosquito larvae
•    Prepared foods which are flaked and/or dried

Water: Calcium-magnesium hardness

Water Temperature: 78-82 degrees Fahrenheit

Water pH: 7 or just below

Breeding: This species, ideally, should have a 20-gallon tank only filled 6 inches high with water. Cover the tank and add twigs, peat moss and hardwood leaves to help lower the pH.

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