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Betta climacura / Betta akarensis
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.

Etymology: climacura=

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.

Temperature:20-25 degrees.

Feeding:Omnivorous, all food is taken.

Size: Up to 14 cm.

pH: 5.0-6.5

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.

Prices: Unk.

Additional:

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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