Betta Balunga

In The Wild

Date Classified:


Native Location:

Eastern Malaysia and northern Borneo


Rivers and streams

In Aquaria:

Physical Appearance:

  • Dark gray
  • Wide black line crosses the lips and extends through the eye


  • Blue highlights on anal fin
  • Semi-blue highlights occasionally on caudal fin
  • Male – caudal fin has weblike pattern
  • Anal fin has a white marginal band


5 inches in length – female is slightly smaller

Feeding in Captivity:

Will eat mostly anything but does well on fruit flies, brine shrimp, mosquito larvae and daphnia.

Water and Hardness:

Calcium-magnesium – 10

Water Temperature:

70-80 degrees Fahrenheit

Water pH:



This species will breed in a type of fish tank “cave” such as a PVC pipe or flowerpot, as well as near the surface of the water on occasion. Nearly 100 eggs are produced per spawn