Betta coccina

Common Names: Claret Betta
Red Fighting Fish
Wine-red Betta
Family: Osphronemidae
Category: Labyrinth_Fish
Distribution: Asia; Indonesia, Malaysia
Main Ecosystem: Swamp; Peat swamps.
Temperament: Timid; Betta coccina is very timid, and they will spend most of their time hiding behind plants. Several male and female specimens may be housed together, but both males and females may become territorial when spawning. Territorial disputes very rarely result in any injury. Betta coccina should only be housed with the gentlest of species.
Diet: Carnivore; Feed with bloodworm, mosquito larvae, artemia and tubifex. Live food is preferred but frozen is also accepted. They may be conditioned to accept a high quality flake or pellet but these should still be supplemented with live and frozen foods.
Care: Requires dedicated and specialized care. Water changes should be performed sparingly with aged, pretreated water. Filtration should be modest, and water treated with peat. Betta Coccina are timid. The tank should be heavily planted and dimly lit with a dark substrate and background.
4 - 6.5
24°C - 27°C
75°F - 81°F
Potential Size: Male: 5.6cm (2.2")
Female: 5.6cm (2.2")
Water Region: Surface; Surface
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: Females have shorter fins and are not as vividly red-coloured as males. Males may or may not have a bright blue spot on their sides.
Breeding: Very difficult, as they may be very particular when forming a pair. Pairs should be separated and placed in a breeding tank, and conditioned with excellent food and water quality. The male will build a bubble nest and will tend to the nest after the pair have spawned. The female should be removed immediately after spawning, and the male removed once fry are free swimming.
Main Colours: Red
Markings: Not Specified
Mouth: Upturned
Tail: Convex
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