Betta Channoides

Kottelat & Ng 1994

Keeping Betta channoides from an Aquarist View


Betta channoides 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, channoides 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.  It has also been noted that iron should be added to the water.


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


Channoides 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 albimarginata.

Articles on Betta channoides

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 P.K.L. Ng, 1994 [56]
References Kottelat, M. and A.J. Whitten, 1996. [59] Thorup, Jesper. 2002. [121] Froese, R. and D. Pauly, 2002 [126]
Type Locality Unnamed blackwater stream entering Mahakam R. on the n. side near Mujub, 0°01’S, 115°43’E, Kalimantan Timur, Indonesia
Holotype ZRC [ex CMK 7765]
Paratype CMK 7781 (1), MZB 5898 (1), ZRC 35165 (1)
Where Found Countries: Indonesia
Miscellaneous Information Max Size: 2 in.
Biotope: Found in forest streams with brown, acidic waters, usually in shallow water among leaf litter or plant roots. [126]

Latin meaning to look like the genus Channa