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Betta tussyae
Schaller 1985

Betta tussyae male
Betta tussyae male
Photo by Atison Phumchoosri [4]

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Keeping Betta tussyae from an Aquarist View


Betta tussyae can be housed in pairs, species tanks, and community tanks.  Pairs can be housed in a 5 gallon tank, groups should be housed in a 20 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 tussyae comes from blackwater environments and should have soft acidic water that is well filtered.  They should be kept at mid 70s F.


Females have an egg tube.  Females ovaries might be visible via spotlighting. Males may be more intensely colored.  Males have a more pointed dorsal fin.  Females are rounder and display an egg tube.

Betta tussyae male


Tussyae is a submerged bubblenester so large leafed plants or black plastic film canisters are best for giving them a place to nest. 

Similar Species Similar species would be all coccina complex members.  
Identification Tussyae males may have a solid green side that intensifies during courtship.  Females tend to be a bland red with egg tube. 

Articles on Betta tussyae


Articles on related species

Betta cf. burdigala ‘Kubu’  Stefan vd. Voort.  2002. 

Betta burdigala Yohan Fernando.

I’ve Got a New Mouthbrooding Betta – Now What? Michael Hellweg. 2003.

Working with wild Bettas Gerald Griffin.  Flare! 2006

Original Citation Schaller, D. 1985. [92]

Baensch, H.A. and R. Riehl, 1991. [25]
Cumming, Stephen. August 2002. [134]
Tan, H.H. and S.H. Tan, 1994. [105]

Type Locality About 77 km south of Kuantan on road parallel to east coast, 17 km south of Pekan, ca. 1 km from sea, Pahang State, Malaysia.
Holotype ZRC 38451 [ex ZSM 27336]
Paratype ZFMK 14196-14207 (12), 14208-14212 (6), 14224-14225 (2)
ZMB 31607-09 (6, 9, 3)
ZSM/CMK 6345 (11)
Where Found Countries: Malaysia
Miscellaneous Information Max Size: 5.5 cm TL
pH range: 4.0 - 5.0
Temperature range: 21 - 24°C
Differentiation From Similar Species: [differs from B. coccina in its] lack of the blue spot on the flank, the blue mark on the fin and the white ventral tips. [3]
General notes on water chemistry: Found in Malaysia under vegetative overhangs at edges of small streams with pH 4-5, GH 1-2, and temperature of around 77 deg. F. (25 deg. C).  [134]
Etymology: After Madam Tussy.
Reproduction: Peat-filtered water, a 2 gallon tank, and floating plants such as Java moss and Salvinia are all that are required for a successful spawn. A floating plastic tube of short length or similar may be used for the male to build his compact bubblenest in. Spawning lasts for 2-3 hours, after which the female can be left with the male. The male carefully guards the nest and can occasionally be seen mouthing eggs and replacing bubbles. He doesn't seem bothered by the female even if she ventures close to the nest. Size of spawn is estimated at 30-40 eggs. The fry hatch in 2 days and after 5 days are freeswimming. Infusoria is their first food and can later be replaced with brine shrimp nauplii when the fry are large enough to swallow them. In 3 months the fry will have reached a length of around 3/4 inch (2 cm.), although they will have started developing the coloration and finnage of adults much earlier. [134]
General notes: Very easy species to keep and spawn. They accept live, frozen, and small pelleted foods without hesitation. This species is not prone to disease. [134]

Last modification submitted by Gerald Griffin 04.19.08 (mm.dd.yy)

Betta tussyae female Betta_cf._tussyae_nest_with_fry_by_Nonn_Panitvong Betta tussyae
Betta tussyae female
Photo by Atison Phumchoosri [4]
Betta cf. tussyae
nest with fry
Photo by Nonn Panitvong [3]
Betta cf. tussyae
nest with fry [3]
Betta cf. tussyae
Photo by Nonn Panitvong [3]

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