Origin:Indonesia; Borneo(Kalimantan); Kalimantan Timur, 1 km from Pampang city.
Etymology: channoides: Looks like channa, snakehead
Synonyms: Betta cf. albimarginata "Pampang"
First European import: Around 1998 by F. Grams.
Description:See pictures. The fish have a similar appearance as Betta albimarginata.
Care: Keep the fish in peat filtered water with a KH below 6, at a temperature of around 26 degrees. The tank should be well planted, and frequent small waterchanges with aged water should be conducted. Betta channoides are extremely peacefull, and a bit curious fish. No fighting occurs between the male and the female, and the fish will inspect any disturbances outside of the tank. The natural circumstance in which the fish are found are blackwater, PH 6, GH below 1, temperature 26 degrees. The fish occur sympatrically with Trichopsis, Trichogaster and Channa.
Feeding:Live and frozen food is accepted, only small quantities are consumed at a time.
Size: Up to 6 cm.
Sexual dimorphism:Males are larger, and much more colorfull than the females. In juveniles the best way to observe the difference is the white margins which are only present in males.
Prices: Germany, 11€
Additional: The values in the description of the natural habitat by Linke lack the time of day and the season, they should be considered a guideline.
Picture references: Pictures by E. Naus and B. Jun
Linke, H.(1980): Labyrinthfische - Farbe im Aquarium. Tetra Verlag, Melle, Germany.
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