This labyrinth fish is the beautiful Red Cherry Betta of the Mahakam River watershed
. The males feature brilliant fruit-red bodies and especially rosy gill plates over their black heads. With the exception of their transparent pectorals, each fin carries the cherry color of their bodies, followed by a bold strip of brilliant white. This species is stunning and friendly and, with a maximum size of just over an inch, make amazing centerpiece fish for small aquaria. According to the International Betta Congress
B. channoides may be housed in pairs, species tanks and community tanks. Pairs may be housed in tanks as small as 10 gallon aquariums. They are very tolerant of water chemistry and thrive in almost any type of water as long as it is clean and well filtered however soft acidic water is best. Sexing Channoides males normally are more intensely colored then females. Females tend to have a washed out male look. Females ovaries might be visible via spotlighting. Reproduction Channoides is a paternal mouthbrooder and the male incubates from 10 to 15 days with 12 days being very consistent. Incubation time can vary with water temperature. Females normally initiate spawning. Normally between 3 to 40 fry are released. Read Betta channoides: The Red Snakehead Betta for more information on this species.