The Marine Betta, also called the Comet, originates from waters around Fiji and Indonesia, but the specimens sold here are captive-bred by ORA. This fish has a black body with lots of small white dots. Its fins showoff a green or turquoise tint with some hints of yellow here and there. Towards the back of the dorsal fin, there is an eye spot that is used to confuse predators and prey. It’s pattern and shape resembles the head of an eel, which it uses to confuse predators by sticking its tail and eye spot our of a rock. This fish is peaceful and will not harm corals. It is related to assessors but grows much larger, capable of reaching sizes well over 6 inches. When it comes to tank mates, it prefers other peaceful fish, however it will eat small fish and invertebrates. If you keep it with fish that are too large to eat, you should not have a problem with aggression. Avoid aggressive fish, as they will cause the Marine Betta to spend a lot of time hiding. Although they are shy fish, they will stay in the open if there are no aggressive fish. It has a particularly elegant swim pattern, especially with its large, flaring fins.
Feeding: Carnivore. Feed meaty foods. For a healthier, more vibrant fish, feed live foods when possible.
Water Parameters: ~78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Reef safe: With-caution. Will not hurt corals, but will eat small inverts.
Color: Black with small white spots and green hue on fins.
Because this fish is captive-bred by ORA, it is hardier and more resilient to disease than its wild-caught counterparts. It is also far less likely to carry diseases from ORA. Captive-bred fish are also better suited for aquarium life and better able to handle the stress of shipping. By purchasing captive-bred fish, you are helping the ocean by discouraging the harmful wild-caught trade while supporting the captive-bred industry. This makes our wonderful hobby more sustainable.