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Betta brownorum
Photo by Eric Naus

Keeping Betta brownorum from an Aquarist View


Betta brownorum 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.  For best results remove a brooding male.

Water Conditions

Betta brownorum comes from blackwater environments and should have soft acidic water that is well filtered.  They should be kept at cool to mid 70s F.


Females have an egg tube.  Females ovaries might be visible via spotlighting. Males may be more intensely colored.


Brownorum is primarily a bubblenester however under certain circumstances brownorum has been known to mouthbrood.  The exact trigger is unknown however some pairs are more likely to mouthbrood then other pairs.

Similar Species Similar species would be all coccina complex members.
Identification Brownorum have a much larger side spot then any other member of the complex.

Articles on Betta brownorum

Articles on related species

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

Betta burdigala Yohan Fernando.

Working with wild Bettas Gerald Griffin.  Flare! 2006

Original Citation Witte, K-E. and J. Schmidt, 1992. [113]
References Kottelat, M., A.J. Whitten, S.N. Kartikasari and S. Wirjoatmodjo, 1993. [58] Baensch, H.A. and R. Riehl, 1995. [26] Witte, K-E. and J. Schmidt, 1992. [113] Froese, R. and D. Pauly, 2002. [126]
Type Locality Small peat swamp forest, south of Batang Rejang ferry from Sibu to Kuching, Sarawak, East Malaysia, 2°08’N, 112°00’30″E.
Holotype ZSM 28090
Paratype KEW (K.E. Witte’s coll.) 449 (3, 2 c&s), 1158 (1, c&s); ZSM 28091 (1), 28092 (2, c&s)
Countries Indonesia
Known Occurrences Tropical Asia. Native to Southeast Asia including the northern Malay Peninsula, central and eastern Thailand, Kampuchea, and southern Vietnam
Miscellaneous Information Max Size: 6 cm.
temperature range: 22 – 26°C


In reference to Barbara and Allan Brown who first collected the species.
General Notes: Inhabit very shallow waters in peat swamp forests. [126]