Species group: Gouramis
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Scientific name: Betta Ibanorum
The Ibanorum Betta is a member of the Osphronemidae (Gourami) family of fish, and inhabits slow moving, peaty streams and ponds on the island of Borneo. It is a mouthbrooder, and feeds on small insects and crustaceans, and zooplankton.
The Ibanorum Betta is not as aggressive as its better known relative, the Siamese Fighting Fish (Betta splendens).
A 25-gallon tank is adequate for housing a pair of Ibanorum Betta. Floating plants and dark soil substrates can also be added. Dense plantation providing shady vegetation brings out the best colors of this species. However, sufficient swimming space is also maintained in the upper and middle levels of the tank for swimming. Peat filtration can also be provided. Partial water changes are sufficient but soft water conditions (slightly acidic) are ideal for long term care. In captivity, Betta Ibanorum does best in a planted community tank with acidic water conditions. It can be kept individually, in pairs, or small schools.