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In The Wild

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

Finnage:

  • Males โ€“ very pointed, longer dorsal and anal fins
  • Males โ€“ 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 โ€“ 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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