Edith’s mouthbrooder - Betta edithae
Scientific name: Betta edithae
Common name: Edith’s mouthbrooder
Usual size in fish tanks: 8 - 9 cm (3.15 - 3.54 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 5.5 - 7.5
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 18°N (71.43 - 321.43ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 24 - 28 °C (75.2 - 82.4°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: Oceania
Temperament to its own species: peaceful
Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful
Usual place in the tank: Middle levels
Food and feeding
Edith’s mouthbrooders will accept all foods offered. Use quality flake as the staple diet with treats of live or frozen foods. Blood worms, brine shrimp, daphnia and tubifex make ideal treats.
Asia; Edith’s mouthbrooders are to be found in Borneo, Sumatra, and Malaysia.
Males are slightly larger than the females and display more colouration. The males fins will also be extended with a hint of colouration, with the females, the fins will be clear.
The female will initiate the spawning by chasing away other females from her “chosen” male. The male will then go to a secluded spot with the female for spawning. The eggs are laid and caught by the male as he creates a pocket with his anal fins. The female will then pick up the eggs and spit them at the male for the mouth brooding. The incubation should be less than two weeks and when the fry are released, they can be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp.
The expected life span for Betta edithae is 3-5 years.
Edith’s Mouth brooders prefer a planted tank with subdued lighting. They are a peaceful species and do well if kept with Tetras and Rasboras.Keep in large tanks with plenty of plants and caves.
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