Betta coccina
Vierke 1979

Keeping Betta coccina from an Aquarist View


Betta coccina 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 coccina 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.


Coccina 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 Coccina males may have a side spot or solid green side.  Females tend to be a bland red with egg tube.  Coccina can have a highly variable pattern.

Articles on Betta coccina

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 Vierke, J. 1979. [109]

Anon., 2000.  [157] Kottelat, M., A.J. Whitten, S.N. Kartikasari and S. Wirjoatmodjo, 1993. [58] Riehl, R. and H.A. Baensch, 1991. [85] Riehl, R. and H.A. Baensch, 1996. [86] Schliewen, U., 1992. [94] vd. Voort, 2002.  [164]

Type Locality Jambi, central Sumatra, Indonesia
Holotype ZMH 6056
Paratype ZMH 6057 (2)
Countries Indonesia
Malaysia (possibly introduced)
Preserved Specimens

ZMH 6057:  Indonesia: Jambi.  [157] ZMH 6056:  Indonesia: Jambi.  [157]

Miscellaneous Information Max Size: 5.6 cm TL
pH range: 4.0 – 6.0
dH range: 0.0 – 4.0
Temperature range: 24 – 27°C
Etymology: Wine-red or claret: in reference to its color.
Reproduction: Bubble nest builder. Male tends the bubble nest [85]