Blue Alien Hybrid betta from a breeder in Thailand.
From the Betta Splendens Complex.
Sometimes referred to as Royal Blue, this has a beautiful coloration of Deep blue throughout the body. Aliens are a hybridization of different types of wild bettas and are considered a type of wild hybrid. Traits of "Alien" include full facial mask, spread iridescence that cover the fins and the body as well as webbing on the caudal fins.
Blue is the result of having a Homozygous metallic gene over Heterozygous iridescence (Royal blue). Like "grey" they do not change color depending on the angle of light. The important thing to note, because they are heterozygous they do not breed true, thus the breeder will have a stock of turquoise, steel blue, and Royal blue Mon-metallic offsprings.
please note that pairs that "we pick" arent necessarily lower quality than the posted males, we don't always have time to take photos of them all but we usually only sell to customers the best of what we have.
IUCN Red List: N/A (This type is a hybrid of sorts. Does not naturally occur in the wild)
Temperament: Males are VERY aggressive and should be kept alone or in tanks with non-male betta mates. Can be kept in a planted community tank of multiple females if there is adequate space.
Max Size: 2.3 inches
TDS: 60 - 200 (We keep them in soft water with low TDS to match our other wild bettas but they are more tolerant of water conditions.)
Temperature : 75-85 (much better coloration at warmer temperature above 78 degrees)
Diet: Carnivorous, we currently feed them live blackworms, frozen bloodworms and pellets.