Wild Caught Betta Foerschi
With a black base body with red bars on opercular cheeks, females will often have gold bars but this is NOT a defining factor for their sex. Fully grown adult males have longer anal fins and caudal fins when compare to females. Very similar to Mandor except for slightly smaller slimmer body and finnage. Like many of the species in the complex, females shows vertical bars on the body when in breeding mode. Mandor, foerschi, and Strohi are notoriously difficult to sex at a young age, older fish with longer finnage are much easier.
From the Betta Foerschi Complex.
IUCN Red List: Endangered (Very high risk of extinction in the wild)
Temperament: Somewhat territorial, but can be kept in groups as long as there’s enough space. We recommend a pair per 5 gallons of water.
Maximum Size: 2.25 inches.
Diet: Currently feeding on live foods but can be trained to eat frozen and dried foods.
TDS ~ 60 - 100 (can tolerate high tds water but prefer low tds water)
pH ~ 6.0 -7.0 (prefer softer water)
Temperature: 75 - 83F (does well in cooler temp, but higher temp induce coloration and breeding behaviors)
Diet: Carnivorous, we currently feed them blackworms, frozen bloodworms and pellets.