Care Level: Easy
Reef Compatible: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size: 8″
Color Form: Black, White
The Marine Betta, sometimes called the Comet, is a hardy and disease-resistant fish. It is a predator by nature; it assumes a “head down” position with its false “eye spot” near the tail. It resembles the head of a moray eel.
It is not commonly kept in a reef-style aquarium, but it is reported to be safe with corals and anemones. The Marine Betta will eat all small fish and shrimp. It is nocturnal and requires hiding places to provide shelter from bright lights.
When the Marine Betta is first introduced into the aquarium, live saltwater feeder shrimp should be used to entice the fish to eat. Using live foods will help it adjust faster. Once acclimated, it can be fed meaty foods and frozen preparations 2-4 times a week.