Betta tomi
Ng & Kottelat 1994

Betta tomi
Photo by Edward Miller [143]

Keeping Betta tomi from an Aquarist View


Betta tomi 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 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 tomi 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.


Tomi is a paternal mouthbrooder.

Similar Species Similar species would be all waseri complex members.
Identification Identification is based upon the face stripes.

Articles on Betta tomi

Big, Yellow Mouthbrooders Stefan vd. Voort.  2003.

Articles on related species

I’ve Got a New Mouthbrooding Betta – Now What? Michael Hellweg. 2003.

Working with wild Bettas Gerald Griffin.  Flare! 2006

My Attempts at Spawning Betta pi  Gerald Griffin.   Flare! 2006.

Original Citation Ng, P. K. L. and Kottelat, M. 1994. [70]
References Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2002. [126] Hilton-Taylor, C., 2000. 48]
Type Locality Freshwater swamp forest along trib. of Sungai Mupor, ca. 15 km on road from Kota Tinggi to Mersind (ca. 1°52’N, 103°56’E), Johor, Malaysia.
Holotype ZRC 35409
Paratype CMK 9753 (6)
ZRC 35410 (1), 35411-16 (6)
Where Found Countries: Indonesia
Singapore (extirpated)
Known Occurrences: Malaysia: Johore
Miscellaneous Information Max Size: 7.04 cm SL
Biotope: Inhabits well shaded shallow streams in very soft mud substrate with abundant leaf litter and detritus [126]
Etymology: After professor Tom Lam Toong Jin of the Singapore University.
Conservation Status: This species is on the IUCN Red List as Vulnerable (D2).

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