Betta prima originates from South East Thailand and Cambodia and is a member of the Betta pugnax group. They are found foraging along the dense vegetation of brooks, swamps and calm rivers. B. prima is a small species, they can reach the size of about 6 cm. They like well planted, and since they are excellent jumpers also well covered aquaria. As for all air breathing fish there should be paid attention to a sufficiently high air temperature. Against the water chemistry B. prima places no special requirements. Breeding of these mouth breeders is not complicated, so that when diversified fed, if possible also with small living food, a new generation will appear sooner or later. For Aquarists which would like with to begin with the maintenance of wild – Bettas, B. prima thus represents an ideal fish.
(Photo F. Schäfer, Text K. Diehl)
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