Snakehead Betta (Betta channoides)

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Snakehead Betta

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Snakehead Betta

Betta channoides

38 Litres (10 US G.)

3.8-5.1cm (1.5-2 ")




5.0 - 6.0

23.9-25.6°C (75 -78 °F)

2-10 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

3-5 years



This animal is available captive bred

Additional names

Snakehead Betta, Cherry Betta

Origin[edit | edit source]

Mahakam River basin in Kalimantan Timur, Borneo, Indonesia.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Males are more vibrant than females. These fish are paternal mouthbrooders.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A generally peaceful Betta which can be housed in pairs or groups. A pair needs at least 38 Litres (10 US G.), groups need over 76 Litres (20 US G.). Can be kept with peaceful tank mates but best in species tanks.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Should accept most meaty foods including live/frozen bloodworm and daphnia.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

These Bettas are quite tolerant of water chemistry but prefer soft acidic conditions. Best kept in planted tanks with plenty of hiding places and no bright lighting.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A generally peaceful Betta.

Identification[edit | edit source]

An elongated slender Betta. Males are more brightly coloured with a red-brown body, darker brown fins and the anal, caudal and ventral fins are tipped with white. Females are far more washed out and muted than the males.

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