Betta balunga
Herre 1940

Betta Balunda Male. photo by Heidi Burkle

Keeping Betta balunga from an Aquarist View


Betta balunga 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 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 balunga 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.


Balunga is a paternal mouthbrooder.

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

Articles on Betta balunga


Articles on related species

Breeding Betta climacura* – Gerald Griffin. Flare! Mar/Apr 1990

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

Working with wild Bettas Gerald Griffin.  Flare! 2006

Original Citation Herre, A. W. C. T. 1940. [47]
References Anon., 1993. [156] Baensch, H.A. and R. Riehl, 1997 [27] Ng, P.K.L., 1993 [67]
Type Locality Tiny brook, trib. to the Balung R., 45 mi. from Tawau, British North Borneo.
Holotype CAS 133203 (previously SU 33203)
Countries Indonesia
Preserved Specimens CAS 133203:  Malaysia: Balang.  [156]

Miscellaneous Information

Max Size: 3.65 cm SL
pH range: 5.2 – 7.0
dH range 10.0
Temperature range: 21 – 27°C
Etymology: Referring to the Balung River, it’s type locality.

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