Grey Alien Hybrid betta from a breeder in Thailand.
From the Betta Splendens Complex.
Sometimes referred to as Teal or steel blue, this has a beautiful coloration of grey/teal 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.
Grey is the result of having a Homozygous non-metallic gene over Homozygous iridescence (Steel Blue). Grey aliens do not have metallic genes so they do not change color from different light angles. Grey is technical "steel blue" so this usually results in a lot of confusion when it comes to naming schematics. However, some "teals" are actually turquoises, which is also homozygous for iridesence but with different genes.
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 a warmer temperature above 78 degrees)
Diet: Carnivorous, we currently feed them live blackworms, frozen bloodworms, and pellets.