Betta bellica
 

86F
Explanation of the symbols

75F

Family : Osphronemidae
Origin : Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra
Length : 13 cm - 5"
Min.length aquarium : 80 cm - 30"
English name : Slim Betta
This fish is mostly peaceful.  Only during breeding time when he makes a bubble nest or defends his fry, the male is very aggressive and he can kill other fish.  The aquarium should be densely planted because it is absolutely necessary that there are hiding places.

He is omnivorous, but you should give them live insects regularly.

Breeding is easy.  The water should be soft and acid (Gh and Ph < 6).  The male puts the fertilized eggs in the bubble nest and he defends the fry.  The female should be removed after spawning.  After 1 day the eggs hatch and after 3 days the young fishes are swimming free.  At that moment the male should be removed as well.  You can raise the young fishes with fine infusoria and a few days later with Artemia-nauplii.

Photo Credit

Peter-Jan Taheij

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