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In The Wild

Date Classified:

1979

Native Location:

Lowlands of Malay Peninsula and Sumatra

Environment:

  • Stagnant streams
  • Small, shallow pools

Water and Hardness:

Soft

Water pH:

4-5 – Strongly acidic – one of the only fish able to survive

In Aquaria:

Physical Appearance:

Similar to their native habitat

  • Reddish-Brown to deep wine red
  • Male: iridescent green, square blotch on flank
  • Females developed bright green line along body during breeding
  • Males developed white edging around their square, green blotch during breeding

Finnage:

Males have longer and more pointed anal and dorsal fins

Size:

2-3 inches in length

Feeding in Captivity:

Live and frozen food as well as commercial flaked

  • Frozen brine shrimp
  • Small insects
  • Mysids
  • Bloodworms
  • Daphnia
  • Flaked or dried commercial foods

Water and Hardness:

Preferably soft

Water Temperature:

77-84 degrees Fahrenheit

Water pH:

Preferably acidic – less than 7.0

Breeding:

Spawns several different ways: inside PVC tubes, other tight fitting places available in the tank and under surface leaves. A five-gallon tank will suffice. This Betta will eat most every live food but seems to refuse daphnia and tubifex worms.

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