Betta climacura, Vierke, 1988 / Betta akarensis, Regan, 1910
Origin: Nortern and western Borneo, usually in small streams with fast flowing water, where they occur below and between the riverbank vegetation.
Synonyms: Frequently mislabbelled, B. taeniata, B. anabatoides. Debatable species, it may turn out to be a synonym for Betta akarensis.
First European import: Unk.
Description: See picture.
Care:Clean, slightly acidic to acidic water with a strong current is required. A water hardness below 12, it's best to have filtration over peat. Adding floating plants to provide shaded areas is necessary, as well as a large tank with many hideouts. In smaller tanks only one pair can be kept, since the fish, especially the males, are a bit aggressiv. Tank should be covered well, since Betta climacura can jump high and very accurate.
Feeding:Omnivorous, all food is taken.
Size: Up to 14 cm.
Breeding: Difficult, extremely soft water is required, as well as a varied diet. Lots of floating plants and tempered light, a dark soil, and many hideouts may increase the chance of success. The fish spawn in a similar manner as Betta pugnax.
Sexual dimorphism:Males are larger, and have slightly elongated fins.
Picture references: picture 1: Andrew Smith.
References:Baensch, H. A., Riehl, R.(1989): Aquarien Atlas III. Mergus Verlag, Melle, Germany.
Kottelat, M., A.J. Whitten, S.N. Kartikasari and S. Wirjoatmodjo, 1993. Freshwater fishes of Western Indonesia and Sulawesi. Periplus Editions, Hong Kong
Linke, H.(1980): Labyrinthfische - Farbe im Aquarium. Tetra Verlag, Melle, Germany.
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