Betta schalleri
Kottelat & Ng 1994

Betta schalleri
Photo by TEAM BORNEO [6]

Keeping Betta schalleri from an Aquarist View


Betta schalleri 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 30 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, schalleri 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.


Males have a broader head then females and have a caudal spike typical of pugnax complex and longer pelvic fins.  Females ovaries might be visible via spotlighting.


Schalleri is a paternal mouthbrooder and the male incubates from 8 to 10 days. Incubation time can vary with water temperature.  Females normally initiate spawning.

Similar Species Similar species would be pugnax complex members.

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 Ng, P. K. L. 1994. [68]
References Kottelat, M. and A.J. Whitten, 1996. [114]
Collection Data 5.5 km north of Payung on road to Pangkalpinang, Bangka [Banka], Indonesia
Holotype ZRC 35170
Paratype CMK 9585 (4), 9622 (2), 9630 (2), 9639 (3), 9648 (1); ZRC 35171-73 (3), 35174-78 (5), 35179 (1), 35180 (1)
Where Found Countries: Indonesia (only known to exist in Banka).
Miscellaneous Information Max Size: 4.48 cm SL
Biotope: Found in forest swamp, peat swamp and hill stream. [6]
Locality: Bangka Island. [6]
Water quality: pH 4.5-5.5/GH0-1/KH0-1/TDS10/ clear water – lightbrown water. [6]
Water temperature: 26.8°C [6]
Etymology: After Dietrich Schaller.

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