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Betta enisae
Kottelat 1995

Betta enisae
Betta enisae
Photo by Kei Sasaki (Betta House) [5]

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Keeping Betta enisae from an Aquarist View



Betta enisae can be housed in pairs, species tanks, and community tanks.  Pairs can be housed in a 20 gallon tank, groups should be housed in a 30 gallon tank or larger.  Pairs should be given cover such as caves and plants.  In a pair or species situation it is possible that fry could be discovered in the tanks.  For best results remove a brooding male.  This species can become quite aggressive.  Females may kill males that are not in the mood to brood.

Water Conditions

Not critical, enisae is very tolerant of water chemistry and thrives in almost any type of water as long as it is clean and well filtered.  They should be kept at cool to mid 70s F.


Males have a broader head then females and have a caudal spike typical of pugnax complex and longer pelvic fins.  Males also develop a brilliant blue anal and tail slash   Females ovaries might be visible via spotlighting.


Enisae is a paternal mouthbrooder and the male incubates from 12 to 18 days with 14 days being very consistent.  Incubation time can vary with water temperature.  Females normally initiate spawning.

Similar Species Similar species would be pugnax complex members.
Identification Enisae can flash a brilliant blue anal and caudal slash that no pugnax complex fish has to that degree.

Articles on Betta enisae

Hellweg, Michael. Betta enisae, a "New" Species of Mouthbrooding Betta. Aug. 2002.

Articles on Related Species

Hellweg, Michael. Ive Got a New Mouthbrooding Betta Now What?. 2003.

Griffin, Gerald.  Working with wild Bettas Flare! 2006


Original Citation Kottelat, M. 1995. [55]

Baensch, H.A. and R. Riehl, 1997. [27]
Hellweg, Michael, 2001. [19]
Kottelat, M. and A.J. Whitten, 1996. [114]
Priest Alexander and Susan Priest, 2002.  [162]
Priest, Susan, 2001.  [163]

Type Locality Sungai Santik, a trib. of Sungai Tawang, 050'21"N, 11203'50"E, Kalimantan Barat, Borneo, Indonesia.
Holotype MZB 5907
Paratype CMK 10100 (4), 10128 (7), 10183 (5), 10217 (2), 10270 (2), 10294 (4), 10509 (1)
MZB 5908-09 (5, 4), 5910 (3)
ZRC 38061 (3), 38453 (2)
Where Found


Miscellaneous Information Max Size: 5.87 cm SL
pH range: 5.5 - 6.8
dH range: 12.0
Locality: Kapuas river basin, Sanggau area - Hulu (upper) area [6]
Water quality: pH5.5-6.5/GH0-1/KH0-1/ clear water - lightbrown water [6]
Water temp: 26-27C [6]
 General notes: Betta enisae and Betta dimidiata live widely from Sanggau area to the upper reaches part. These two kinds sometimes inhabit the same place. The center of the habitat of Betta enisae is around Sentarum Lake. [6]

Last modification submitted by Gerald Griffin 05.17.08 (mm.dd.yy)

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Betta enisae pair
Photo by TEAM BORNEO [6]
Betta enisae mouthbrooding
Photo by TEAM BORNEO [6]
Betta enisae
Photo by Eric Naus [1]
Betta enisae
Photo by Eric Naus [1]
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Betta enisae
Photo by Eric Naus [1]
Betta enisae
Photo by Eric Naus [1]
Betta enisae
Photo by Eric Naus [1]

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