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Betta gladiator
Tan & Ng 2005


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Keeping Betta gladiator from an Aquarist View



Betta gladiator is a very aggressive species from reports.  Pairs should be housed in a 55 gallon tank.  Pairs should be given cover such as caves and plants. 

Water Conditions

Gladiator comes from blackwater environments.  Other members of the unimaculata complex are fairly tolerant of varied water conditions some only breed when the pH is below 6.


Males have a broader head then females. Males may have longer extensions of their bottom lips.  Females ovaries might be visible via spotlighting.


Gladiator is a paternal mouthbrooder and the male should incubate 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 unimaculata complex members.

Articles on Related Species

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

Working with wild Bettas Gerald Griffin. Flare! 2006

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Original Citation Tan & Ng 2005 Raffles Bull. Zool.   75 Figs. 25a-b, 47f
Type Locality Maliau basin, northeast of basecamp 1966, ca. 514'N, 11653'E, stream at right trail ca. 2 km into Jalan Babi towards Maliau falls, Sabah, Borneo.
Holotype SBM uncat.
Countries Borneo
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Last modification submitted by Gerald Griffin 08.09.07

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