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In The Wild

Date Classified:

1846

Native Location:

Java and Sumatra

Environment:

Cool mountain streams

Water and Hardness:

Calcium-magnesium hardness – 22

Water Temperature:

72-75 degrees Fahrenheit

Water pH:

6.5-7.5

In Aquaria:

Physical Appearance:

Similar to their native habitat

  • Gray with a dark back and two or three horizontal stripes
  • Purple with blotches of bands
  • Some have green-blue scales

Finnage:

  • Males – The anal fin has a purple band and/or rows of purple spots
  • Males – Wide, dark band on the caudal and anal fins
  • Male has bars on its back that are very distinctive and absent in other Betta species

Size:

2.5 inches in length

Feeding in Captivity:

Live and frozen food as well as commercial flaked and dried

Water and Hardness:

Calcium-magnesium hardness of 22

Water Temperature:

72-75 degrees Fahrenheit

Water pH:

Neutral 7.0

Breeding:

They need clean, clear and cool water, and frequent water changes promote mass spawning.

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