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Akar betta - Betta akarensis

Akar betta - Betta akarensis

Scientific name: Betta akarensis

Common name: Akar betta

Family: Osphronemidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 10 - 14 cm (3.94 - 5.51 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 5.5 - 6.8

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 10 - 16°N (178.57 - 285.71ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 22 - 28 °C (71.6 - 82.4°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: South Asia

Temperament to its own species: peaceful

Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful

Usual place in the tank: Bottom levels

Food and feeding

Akar bettas should accept all foods offered. Quality flake should be given along with treats of small live of frozen foods. Cyclops, daphnia, and brine shrimp are ideal for this.


Asia; Akar bettas are to be found in Borneo.


Males will have extended dorsal and anal fins. They will also show a green iridescence on the gill covers, there will be no colouration in this area on the female.


Betta akarensis are a mouth brooding Betta. Softening the water will often induce spawning which will be initiated by the male displaying to the female. When the eggs are laid the male will scoop them into his mouth and do all of the brooding. The female should be removed once the male is holding or he may swallow the eggs. When the fry have been released, they can be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp.


The expected life span for Betta akarensis is 2-3 years.

Short description

Water quality must be high to keep Akar bettas although they are tolerant of a range of water parameters. They prefer to be kept in groups.Keep this Betta with peaceful species only.

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