Betta bellica – Slim Betta
Betta bellica or Slim Betta is mostly peaceful. Only during breeding time when he makes a bubble nest or defends his fry, the male is very aggressive and he can kill other fish. The aquarium should be densely planted because it is absolutely necessary that there are hiding places.
Synonym: Betta fasciata.
Asia; Indonesia, Malaysia.
They are omnivorous, but you should give them live insects regularly.
Breeding Betta bellica – Slim Betta
Breeding Betta bellica – Slim Betta is easy. The water should be soft and acid (Gh and Ph < 6). The male puts the fertilized eggs in the bubble nest and he defends the fry. The female should be removed after spawning. After 1 day the eggs hatch and after 3 days the young fishes are swimming free. At that moment the male should be removed as well. You can raise the fry with infusoria and start feeding newly hatched brine shrimp a few days later.
Jan Bukkems – Aquavisie