Betta balunga

betta balung tropical fish

Betta balunga is a species of gourami endemic to the island of Borneo. It inhabits forest and black water streams, and grows to a length of 4.9 cm (1.9 in).

Keeping Betta balunga from an Aquarist View


Betta balunga 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 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 balunga should have soft acidic water that is well filtered.  They should be kept at mid 70s F.

PH range: 5.2 – 7.0


Males are more intensely coloured.  Males also have pointed dorsal and anal fins whereas females are rounder.


Balunga is a paternal mouthbrooder.

Similar Species 

Similar species would be all akarensis complex members.


Identification is based upon the face stripes.

by:  Gerald Griffin IBC 05.17.08

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