This exceptionally marked species has a reddish-brown body with longitudinal bands and a central spot, which is not always visible. The dorsal and caudal fins are delicately edged in bluish white. The male of the species exhibits the more intense wine-red color implied in its common name, while the female tends to be a more dull brown color.
Other common name
- Claret Betta
- Reported from southern peninsular Malaysia and central Sumatra.
- Up to 2 1/4 in (5.5cm) reported, but often smaller.
- Timid, retiring; must not be kept with boisterous tankmates.
- Livefoods, deep-frozen and freeze-dried diets preferred, but other foods may also be accepted.
- Densely planted (including some floating vegetation), with a number of shelters. Illumination should be subdued. Soft, acid water preferred. Temperature range: 75-82 F (24-28 C).
- A challenging bubble-nesting species.