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ORA Marine Betta
Calloplesiops altivelis
 
 
 
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Tank Stats
Size: .5-1.5 inches
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Monitor with Shrimp
Diet: Live Grass or Mysid Shrimp, Meaty
Origin: Indian Ocean
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Coral Safe:
Invertebrate Safe:
Minimum Tank Size:
  
  

The Marine Betta is a stunningly beautiful fish and makes a captivating addition to any tank. Since it requires a lot of care and can be hard to feed, it makes a good choice for an for an expert aquarist. The Marine Betta is a slow eater and mainly feeds on live foods such as live fish or live worms, and shows an interesting hunting technique. Often it is believed that the Marine Betta apes the behavior of morays with their spots and by swimming sideways. It can easily adapt to a new environment, and grows up to 11 inches in the wild. The Marine Betta requires lot of caves and stone formations among which the fish can hide and stalk the prey. The Marine Betta should be kept in a tank not less than 55 gallon. Since it is a predatory fish, it should not be housed with smaller fishes as it might become their snacks, and also should never be kept with fast eating fish like damsels. Using black worms to feed initially is a good choice to entice the Marine Betta to eat frozen foods later. Since it can feed upon sessile invertebrates, the Marine Betta may not be considered a reef safe species.

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