Betta burdigala was first described in 1994 by Kottelat and Ng.
The name burdigala is based on the Latin name for Bordeaux, a city in South West France which is known for its long-preserved red wines. The color of this species is the color of old red wine. They can reach a total length of around 3.5 to 4 centimeters.
Keeping Betta burdigala
This species is found in so-called peat bogs that lie deep in the forests. These biotopes often consist of leaf and branch waste and are very shallow, sometimes only a few centimeters. The water values are therefore extremely low, pH 4.5, GH 0 to 1, KH 0 to 1, TDS 10 with a temperature of 27.1 ° C. In the aquarium it is wise to keep the temperature 1 or 2 degrees lower. The color of the water was brown.
Betta burdigala is an aggressive species but it is quite possible to keep several males in an aquarium, for 2 pairs an aquarium with a length of 80 centimeters is recommended. This little red Betta is also great to keep together with certain mouthbrooders or for example Betta persephone. It is not advisable to keep Betta burdigala together with other small red Bettas because of behavior and the chance of cross breeding.
The aquarium must be densely planted in order to provide hiding places. As a substra, black gravel is fine; Betta burdigala does not like much light. Given that fact, the use of floating plants, a not too bright lighting and a black back wall is very suitable to create an even darker atmosphere.
Breeding Betta burdigala
Betta burdigala is a bubble nester. The nest is preferably built under a floating plant or leaf, they are always looking for a dark place. The male becomes a lot more aggressive before, during and after spawning.
It is possible that Betta burdigala will reproduce in company of other species and if the aquarium is large and planted enough, the female does not need to be removed after spawning. It often happens that this species reproduces 1 to 2 times a week and that it results in nests of different ages. An experience that has been observed personally is that the male reproduced several times with 2 females, the females always waiting their turn.
With a pair that is well used to each other, the fry need not be caught, Betta burdigala is not a cannibalistic species. After a few days the fry are already big enough to eat micro-worms and newly hatched brine shrimp.
Stefan vd Voort – Nederlandse Vereniging voor Labyrintvissen