Betta albimarginata
Kottelat & Ng 1994

Betta albimarginata male
© 1999 Michael Schlüter [2]

Keeping Betta albimarginata from an Aquarist View


Betta albimarginata can be housed in pairs, species tanks, and community tanks.  Pairs can be housed in a 10 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.  For best results remove a brooding male.

Water Conditions

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


Albimarginata males normally are more intensely colored then females.  Females tend to have a washed out male look. Females ovaries might be visible via spotlighting.


Albimarginata is a paternal mouthbrooder and the male incubates from 10 to 15 days with 12 days being very consistent.  Incubation time can vary with water temperature.  Females normally initiate spawning.  Normally between 3 to 40 fry are released.

Similar Species Similar species would be channoides.  Note, there has been discussion about breaking albimarginata into 3 species based upon their local data.

Articles on Betta albimarginata

Articles on related species

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

Working with wild Bettas Gerald Griffin.  Flare! 2006

Original Citation Kottelat, M. and Ng, P. K. L. 1994. [56]
References Anon., 1993. [156] Froese, R. and D. Pauly, 2002. [126] Kottelat, M. and A.J. Whitten, 1996. [58] Thorup, Jesper, 2002. [121]
Type Locality Sungei Sanul, trib. of Sungei Tikung, Sungei Sebuku basin, Kalimantan Timur, Borneo.
Holotype ZRC 38485 [ex CMK 9541]
Paratype CMK 9549 (4),
MZB 5897 (1),
ROM uncat. (1),
ZRC 35121-22 (2)
Countries Indonesia
Preserved Specimens CAS 91949:  Indonesia: Kalimantan Timur
Miscellaneous Information
Max Size: 5cm; 2 in
Biotope: Occurs in forest streams with moderate current, in shallow water (5-10 cm deep) in plant roots and leaf litter along the shores. [126]
Etymology: Latin; albus meaning white and margo meaning margin in allusion to the white margin on the fins.