Betta stigmosa

Tan & Ng 2005

Betta stigmosa male holding

Photo by Julian75

Keeping Betta stigmosa from an Aquarist View


Betta stigmosa 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, stigmosa 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 more colorful fins and longer pelvic fins.  Females ovaries might be visible via spotlighting.


Stigmosa is a paternal mouthbrooder and the male incubates from 12 to 18 days with 14 days being consistent. 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 Tan & Ng 2005
References Raffles Bull. Zool.   64 Figs. 14a-b, 46d
Type Locality Terengganu, Sekayu waterfalls, 4°57’49.7″N, 102°57’14.0″E, near swampy stream, Malaysia.
Holotype ZRC 43392
Countries Malaysia
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Reproduction: Mouthbrooder

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