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Betta hipposideros
Ng & Kottelat 1994

Keeping Betta hipposideros from an Aquarist View


Betta hipposideros 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 55 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. 

Water Conditions

Betta hipposideros should have soft acidic water that is well filtered.  They should be kept at mid 70s F.


Males are more intensely colored.  Males also have pointed dorsal and anal fins whereas females are rounder.


Hipposideros is a paternal mouthbrooder. 

Similar Species Similar species would be all waseri complex members.  
Identification Identification is based upon the face stripes. 

Articles on Betta hipposideros

Big, Yellow Mouthbrooders Stefan vd. Voort.  2003.

Articles on related species

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

Working with wild Bettas Gerald Griffin.  Flare! 2006

My Attempts at Spawning Betta pi  Gerald Griffin.   Flare! 2006.

Original Citation Ng, P. K. L. and Kottelat, M. 1994. [70]
References Hilton-Taylor, C., 2000. [48]
Froese, R. and D. Pauly, 2002. [126]
Type Locality North Selangor Peat Swamp Forest, 39 km mark on road from Sungai Besar to Tanjung Malim, Selangor, Malaysia.
Holotype ZRC 18688
Paratype CMK 10037-38 (16, 10);ZRC 15351-57 (1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1), 15358-61 (4), 17097 (1), 18029-34 (6), 18689-18705 (17), 27761 (1), 28515-17 (3), 28550 (1)
Where Found Countries: Malaysia
Miscellaneous Information Max Size: 7.79 cm SL
Etymology: In reference to the black horse-shoe shaped figures on its throat.
Biotope: Occurs in backwater peat swamps with substrate usually peat and leaf litter. Large fish are found in the flowing sections of the blackwater streams and smaller ones appear to prefer pools and slower flowing waters. [126]
Status: This species is on the IUCN Red List as Vulnerable (D2).

Last modification submitted by Gerald Griffin 07.05.08 (mm.dd.yy)


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