Betta brownorum, Witte & Schmidt, 1992
Indonesia; Sibu, Matang, Malaysia; west Kalimantan.
Etymology: brownorum, Named in honour of it's discoverers, Barbara and Allan Brown.
First European import: Unknown
Description: See pictures. Betta brownorum can easily be distinguished from the other small red Bettas by the extremely large blue spot on the sides.
Care: Difficult. These fish should be kept in a species tank. For a pair a 40cm tank will do. The water should be acidic and soft, pH 5.5 or less, dGH below 5 and KH 0. Frequent small waterchanges are required/ Some boiled oak leaves, driftwood and some floating plants will create a natural surrounding. Waterlevel around 10-20 cm. Cover the tank well, and provide the fish with some breeding holes.
If well fed and kept in good waterconditions, the fish may spawn. Only small nests, with a few eggs.
Feeding: Only live food is accepted, mosquito larvae
Size: up to 6 cm.
Breeding: Difficult. pH should be below 5, extremely soft water, lowered waterlevel. See care.
Sexual dimorphism: Males have larger spots.
Additional: Several similar fish have been described, like Betta cf brownorum. There has even been a description of a mouthbreeding form.
Picture references: All pictures E. Naus
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