Betta pallifina

Tan & Ng 2005

Betta pallifina. Photo by Eric Corcoran

Keeping Betta pallifina from an Aquarist View


Betta pallifina can be housed in pairs, species tanks, and community tanks.  Pairs can be housed in a 20 gallon tank, groups should be housed in a 40 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, pallifina is very tolerant of water chemistry and thrives in almost any type of water as long as it is clean and well filtered.  They should be kept at cool to mid 70s F.


Pallifina males are more intensely colored then females.  Males may also show a series of lateral bands while the female does not. Females ovaries might be visible via spotlighting.


Pallifina is a paternal mouthbrooder and the male should incubate from 12 to 17 days with 14 days being very consistent.  Incubation time can vary with water temperature.  Females normally initiate spawning.

Similar Species Similar species would be unimaculata complex members.

Articles on Betta pallifina

Articles Needed!

Articles on related species

Betta unimaculata. Philippe Chevoleau.  Communauté Internationale pour les Labyrinthidés [internet]. France; c.9 August 2002.

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 Tan H. H. & P. K. L. Ng, 2005. The fighting fishes (Teleostei: Osphronemidae: Genus Betta) of Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei. Raffles Bull. Zool. Supplement (13):43-99.
Type Locality Upper Barito in Kalimantan Tengah, Indonesia.
Countries Indonesia
Miscellaneous Information Max Size:

6.6 cm SL

pH range:
dH range
Temperature range:
Reproduction: Paternal Mouthbrooder

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