Betta Burdigala

In The Wild

Date Classified:


Native Location:

Bangka Island, 15 miles off east coast of Sumatra


Peat swamp forest


Live food indigenous to its habitat as well as tree and plant roots

Water Temperature:

75 degrees Fahrenheit

Water pH:


In Aquaria:

Physical Appearance:

Similar to their native habitat

  • Wine red
  • Head has 3 dark red stripes


  • Males – very pointed, longer dorsal and anal fins
  • Males – darker coloration on fins
  • Iridescent green patches on front 1/3 of dorsal/anal fins
  • Dorsal ray count of 14 or 15


2.5 inches in length

Feeding in Captivity:

Live as well as commercial grade food; vegetation

Water and Hardness:

Soft – low calcium-magnesium hardness

Water Temperature:

71-75 degrees Fahrenheit

Water pH:



They will spawn in a floated PVC tube, which should be attached to Styrofoam or beneath surface plants. This male builds a large bubblenest.

Note: Betta burdigala is on the IUCN Red List of threatened species.