Betta obscura

Tan & Ng 2005

Keeping Betta obscura from an Aquarist View


Betta obscura 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 obscura 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.


Obscura 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 obscura

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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 Tan & Ng 2005
References Raffles Bull. Zool.   90 Fig. 41
Type Locality Sungai Barito basin, Desa Kerendan, Sungai Lahei and tributaries, Kalimantan Tengah, Borneo.
Holotype MZB 9331
Countries Borneo
Miscellaneous Information Max Size:

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Etymology: Obscure
Reproduction: Paternal Mouthbrooder

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