Common name: Plakat Betta
Scientific Name: Betta Splendens
Description: The Plakat is a short tailed Betta and is the most closely related to wild Betta Splendens or traditional fighting Bettas. Plakats are often mistaken for female Bettas.
Max Size: 7 cm
pH Range: 6.0 - 8.0
Temperature: 24 - 30 °C
Temperament with same species: Peaceful
Temperament with other species: Aggressive
Tank Level: Mid-Level to Surface
Lifespan: Up to 3 years.
Feeding: In the wild they feed on insect larvae, crustaceans and aquatic insects. In the aquarium they will gladly eat foods designed for Bettas, live food, fresh food and dry protein foods. To keep a good balance also feed them some brine shrimp or blood worms twice a week.
Sexing: The male is brightly colored and will display elongated ventral fins, a rounded caudal fin and a sharply pointed anal fin. Females have shorter fins and are rather drab in color.
Breeding: The Siamese fighting fish are bubble nest builders. Males will build bubble nests frequently and usually beneath a leaf. An individual breeding tank with a tight fitting cover should be set up with the water level no more than 15 cm deep. Normal water parameters are fine and breeding temperatures should be around 26 - 28° C. During nest building a male will consider all females to be rivals and bully them. Include some plants so the female will have places to hide from an aggressive male. Floating plants or any other floating debris will help keep the bubble nest in place. The female will release around 200 eggs. The eggs will mostly sink and the male will collect them in his mouth and place them in his nest. After spawning the male will chase off the female and she must be removed from the breeding tank for her protection. The male will guard the nest and eggs until they hatch.
The eggs will hatch in about 24 to 36 hours, the fry will remain in the nest for the next 2 to 3 days until they have absorb their yolk sacs and will then emerge and become free swimming. The male must be removed from the breeding tank at this time or he may eat the fry.
Common Name Plakat Betta Scientific Name Betta splendens Origin Asia Max Size 7 cm Community Safe Yes pH Range
6.0 - 8.0
Diet Type Omnivore Min Tank Size Small Temperature Range 24 - 30 C Care Level Easy