Plakat Betta

Plakat Bettas are fascinating freshwater fish closely related to other Betta species. With their short fins and vivid colors, they have become a favorite among aquarium enthusiasts. These fish are known for their territorial nature, making them an excellent choice for small or divided aquariums.

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Southeast Asia

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2.5 inches (6 cm)

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3 to 5 years

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Origin, Appearance, Size, and Lifespan

The Plakat Betta, or Betta splendens, is a popular freshwater fish originating from Southeast Asia. You'll usually find them in the shallow waters of rice paddies, slow-moving streams, and ponds in countries like Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

In the wild, Plakat Bettas are most often found in calm, shallow waters with an abundance of plant life. These plants not only serve as hiding spots but also as a food source, while the dark riverbeds make their vibrant colors stand out. Unlike other Betta species, Plakat Bettas have short, rounded fins, which allow them to swim more efficiently.

Their natural environment features warm, slightly acidic to neutral water. The temperature typically varies between 75 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit (24 to 30 degrees Celsius), with a pH level of 6.0 to 7.5, and water hardness between 5 to 20 dGH. To create a similar environment in your aquarium, make sure to maintain a consistent water temperature, use a top-quality filtration system, and incorporate live plants and hiding spots.

By closely mirroring the Plakat Betta's natural habitat and ensuring the right water conditions, you'll be setting your fish up for a healthy and happy life in your aquarium.

Plakat Bettas are celebrated for their vibrant colors and unique appearance, featuring short fins and a wide range of hues. These brilliant colors make them an irresistible and eye-catching feature in aquariums. Even though they are small, reaching up to approximately 2.5 inches (6.4 cm) in size, their distinctive appearance and lively nature make them an ideal choice for those seeking a visually appealing and dynamic aquatic display. These charming fish bring joy to observers as they gracefully navigate through the tank, making them a cherished favorite among hobbyists of all experience levels.

With proper care, Plakat Bettas can enjoy a lifespan of up to 3 to 5 years. As solitary beings, they should be kept individually in their own space or in a divided tank. To promote their well-being and ensure a long life in captivity, it's essential to provide a well-decorated aquarium with abundant hiding spots, as well as a diverse diet consisting of premium pellets, flakes, and frozen foods.

Fun Facts

Now that we learned more about the appearance and lifespan of Plakat Bettas, in this section, we'll highlight some fascinating facts about these beautiful fish that make them stand out in the aquarium hobby. From their striking colors to their unique fin structure, Plakat Bettas are full of surprises and are sure to captivate any aquarist.

  • Short-finned Fighters: In the wild, Plakat Bettas are known for their aggressive nature and territorial displays. Their short fins provide them with better maneuverability, allowing them to swim more efficiently during confrontations with rival males or when defending their territory.
  • Bubble Nest Builders: Plakat Bettas, like other Betta species, are bubble nest builders. The male creates a bubble nest on the water's surface using saliva to bind the bubbles together. This nest serves as a secure place for fertilized eggs and later, the fry, during their early development.
  • Labyrinth Organ: Plakat Bettas possess a unique organ called the labyrinth organ, which allows them to breathe atmospheric air in addition to oxygen from the water. This adaptation helps them survive in low-oxygen environments, such as the stagnant waters of their natural habitat.
  • Color Variations: Plakat Bettas come in a wide range of colors, patterns, and fin types, making them a popular choice for aquarists seeking a visually stunning fish. They can be found in shades of red, blue, green, yellow, and even metallic hues, often with unique patterns that add to their appeal.
  • Intelligent Fish: Plakat Bettas are known for their intelligence and curiosity. They often recognize their owners and can be trained to perform simple tricks, such as swimming through hoops or jumping for food. This interactive behavior makes them an engaging and enjoyable addition to an aquarium.

Now that you've discovered some interesting tidbits about Plakat Bettas, you'll be better equipped to appreciate their beauty and intricacies in your aquarium. In the following section, we'll provide recommendations on tank setups, ensuring your Plakat Bettas have an ideal environment to thrive and showcase their dazzling features.

Recommended Tank Setups

Each setup includes the core components—tank, filter, heater, lighting, substrate, and more—ensuring that you can create an appropriate environment for Plakat Bettas and other compatible freshwater fish species in your aquarium. As you move from budget-friendly to high-end setups, you will also have more options for customization, aesthetics, and advanced features. Plakat Bettas are solitary fish, and males must be kept separately to avoid aggression. Typically, Plakat Bettas are priced between $5 and $30 per fish, although prices can vary based on factors such as color, fin type, quality, and availability.

Budget-friendly setup (around $100 - $200):

  • Tank: 5-gallon aquarium with a hood or glass canopy ($20 - $50)
  • Filter: Sponge filter or small hang-on-back (HOB) filter rated for 5 gallons ($10 - $20)
  • Heater: 25-watt adjustable aquarium heater ($10 - $20)
  • Lighting: Basic LED aquarium light ($10 - $30)
  • Substrate: Inexpensive aquarium sand or small gravel ($5 - $10)
  • Decor: A few pieces of driftwood, rocks, and live or silk plants for hiding spots ($10 - $20)
  • Fish: One Plakat Betta ($5 - $30)
  • Thermometer: $3 - $10
  • Fish Net: $2 - $10
  • Algae Scraper or Magnetic Cleaner: $5 - $20
  • Siphon and Bucket: $10 - $25
  • Test Kit: $15 - $50
  • Fish Food: $5 - $20
  • Water Conditioner: $5 - $15

Mid-range setup (around $200 - $400):

  • Tank: 5-10 gallon aquarium with a hood or glass canopy ($30 - $80)
  • Filter: High-quality sponge filter or HOB filter rated for the tank size ($20 - $40)
  • Heater: 50-watt adjustable aquarium heater ($15 - $30)
  • Lighting: LED aquarium light with adjustable settings for plant growth and color enhancement ($30 - $80)
  • Substrate: Nutrient-rich aquarium substrate designed for planted tanks ($10 - $30)
  • Decor: A mix of driftwood, rocks, and live plants such as Anubias, Java Fern, and Cryptocoryne species ($20 - $50)
  • Fish: One Plakat Betta ($5 - $30)
  • Thermometer: $3 - $10
  • Fish Net: $2 - $10
  • Algae Scraper or Magnetic Cleaner: $5 - $20
  • Siphon and Bucket: $10 - $25
  • Test Kit: $15 - $50
  • Fish Food: $5 - $20
  • Water Conditioner: $5 - $15

High-end setup (above $400):

  • Tank: 10-gallon rimless aquarium with a glass canopy ($50 - $150)
  • Filter: High-quality sponge filter or canister filter rated for the tank size ($40 - $150)
  • Heater: 50-watt adjustable aquarium heater with an external temperature controller ($20 - $60)
  • Lighting: Advanced LED lighting system with customizable settings for plant growth, color enhancement, and day/night cycles ($80 - $200)
  • Substrate: Premium aquarium substrate designed for planted tanks, with added root tabs for extra plant nutrition ($20 - $50
  • Decor: A combination of driftwood, rocks, and live plants to create a natural aquascape, featuring plant species such as Anubias, Java Fern, Cryptocoryne species, and carpeting plants like Dwarf Hairgrass or Monte Carlo ($40 - $100)
  • Fish: One Plakat Betta ($5 - $30)
  • Thermometer: $3 - $10
  • Fish Net: $2 - $10
  • Algae Scraper or Magnetic Cleaner: $5 - $20
  • Siphon and Bucket: $10 - $25
  • Test Kit: $15 - $50
  • Fish Food: $5 - $20
  • Water Conditioner: $5 - $15

Please note that these numbers are just recommendations, and you should consider other factors such as tank mates and individual fish personalities when deciding which Plakat Betta to keep in your aquarium. Prices may vary depending on location, brand, and availability.

Set Up Your Tank

In the earlier discussion, we provided recommendations for tank setups suitable for Plakat Bettas and other fish. Now that you have an understanding of the requirements, let's go through the step-by-step process of setting up your aquarium. This guide will help you select the ideal location for your tank, clean and prepare the tank, install essential equipment, and cycle the water to create a healthy environment for your fish. We'll also cover the proper acclimation process to ensure a smooth transition for your Plakat Bettas and other fish into their new home. By following these guidelines, you'll be well on your way to creating a thriving aquatic ecosystem for your fish to flourish in.

  • Step #1: Choose the perfect spot for your aquarium, ensuring it's away from direct sunlight, heat sources, and drafts. Make sure the surface is level and sturdy enough to support your filled tank. If your aquarium requires a stand, assemble it according to the manufacturer's instructions and place the empty tank on it.
  • Step #2: Next, clean the tank by rinsing it with clean water (avoid using soap or chemicals) to remove dust or debris. Wipe the inside with a clean cloth or paper towel. Rinse the substrate (sand or gravel) thoroughly in a bucket until the water runs clear, then spread it evenly across the bottom of the tank, creating a slight slope towards the back for visual depth.
  • Step #3: Before filling the tank with water, plan the layout of your aquarium, including the position of equipment like heaters and filters. This will make it easier to set up and maintain the tank in the long run. Install the heater and filter according to the manufacturer's instructions. If you're using a sponge or under-gravel filter, place it beneath the substrate before adding water.
  • Step #4: Decorate the tank with driftwood, rocks, and plants to create hiding spots and a visually appealing environment, ensuring there are open swimming areas for your fish. When decorating the tank, be careful to arrange driftwood, rocks, and plants in a way that won't damage or obstruct the equipment. You can also anchor plants to driftwood or rocks to help them stay in place.
  • Step #5: Fill the tank with water treated with a water conditioner if your tap water contains chlorine or chloramines. Place a clean plate or plastic bag on the substrate to prevent disturbance while filling. Fill the tank until it's about 2/3 full. Attach the aquarium light to the hood or canopy, following the manufacturer's instructions. Consider using a timer for your aquarium light to maintain a consistent day and night cycle, which is essential for fish and plants. Connect the heater, filter, and any additional equipment (air pump, CO2 system) to power sources, and install the thermometer in an easily visible location.
  • Step #6: Top off the water, leaving space between the water surface and the top of the tank for oxygen exchange. Turn on the filter, heater, and other equipment. Monitor the water temperature and adjust the heater as needed. Allow the tank to cycle for 4-6 weeks to establish beneficial bacteria and stabilize water parameters. During the cycling process, you can add a bacterial starter culture to speed up the establishment of beneficial bacteria in the tank. Use an aquarium test kit to monitor ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels.
  • Step #7: After the tank has cycled and water parameters are stable, slowly acclimate your Plakat Bettas and other fish to the tank's conditions before introducing them. Begin by floating the unopened fish bag in the tank for 15-20 minutes to equalize the temperature. Afterward, open the bag and add a small amount of tank water to it. Continue adding small amounts of tank water to the bag every 5-10 minutes for at least 30-60 minutes, allowing the fish to adjust to the new water chemistry gradually. Use a net to gently transfer the fish from the bag to the tank, avoiding any unnecessary stress or exposure to the water from the bag.
  • Step #8: Once all the fish are introduced, establish a consistent daily feeding schedule, providing high-quality food in appropriate amounts for your fish species. Perform regular water changes (20-30% every 1-2 weeks) and monitor water parameters using a test kit to maintain a healthy environment for your fish. Observe your fish closely for any signs of stress or illness, especially during the first few weeks after introduction. Be prepared to take action if necessary, such as adjusting water parameters or seeking advice from an experienced aquarist.

By following this step-by-step guide and incorporating the additional setup tips, you can create a thriving aquatic environment that will help your Plakat Bettas and other fish flourish in their new home.

Recommended Water Parameters

To keep your Plakat Bettas healthy and happy, it's important to maintain specific water parameters in your aquarium. Here's a breakdown of what to aim for:

  • Temperature: Keep the water between 76°F and 82°F (24°C and 28°C) for optimal comfort.
  • pH: Aim for a slightly acidic to neutral pH of 6.5 to 7.5.
  • Hardness: Soft to moderately hard water (1-10 dGH) is ideal, though they can adapt to slightly harder water.
  • Ammonia, Nitrite, and Nitrate: Keep ammonia and nitrite at 0 ppm, and maintain nitrate levels below 20 ppm.
  • Lighting: Provide low to moderate lighting with shaded areas and plants to prevent stress.
  • Water movement: Moderate water flow is best, mimicking their natural slow-moving habitat.

Make sure to test your aquarium water regularly and perform necessary water changes to keep the environment stable.

Routine Water Maintenance

Water changes are crucial for a healthy Plakat Betta tank. They help remove excess nutrients, waste, and toxins. Here's a suggested routine:

  • Weekly water changes: Replace 20-25% of the tank water every week.
  • Test water parameters: Check pH, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and hardness regularly.
  • Use a gravel vacuum: Clean the substrate during water changes.
  • Dechlorinate the water: Treat tap water with a water conditioner before adding it to the aquarium.
  • Match temperature and pH: Ensure new water is similar to the tank water.
  • Acclimate the fish: Give your fish time to adjust to new conditions after water changes.In addition to routine water maintenance, consider the following to ensure the health of your fish and the overall appearance of your aquarium:
  • Monitor lighting duration: Keep track of how long your aquarium lights are on each day, aiming for a consistent 8-10 hour photoperiod. Too much light can lead to excessive algae growth.
  • Plant maintenance: Regularly trim live plants to maintain their health and appearance. Remove any dead leaves or plant matter to prevent water quality issues.
  • Filter maintenance: Clean or replace the filter media as recommended by the manufacturer, usually every 4-6 weeks. Avoid replacing all filter media at once, as this can disrupt the beneficial bacteria and lead to water quality issues.

Diet and Feeding Schedule

Plakat Bettas are carnivores and require a protein-rich diet. Here are some feeding guidelines:

  • Flakes and pellets: Use high-quality flake or pellet food designed for Betta fish.
  • Frozen and live foods: Offer brine shrimp, bloodworms, daphnia, or mosquito larvae as occasional treats.
  • Feeding frequency: Feed modest portions two to three times a day, and avoid overfeeding.

Stress and Diseases

Plakat Bettas may experience stress from various sources, such as poor water quality, aggression, or unsuitable tank conditions. Identifying and addressing these stressors is vital for your fish's health and well-being:

  • Watch for stress signs: Keep an eye on your Plakat Bettas for unusual behavior like hiding, lethargy, color loss, or rapid breathing, which may indicate stress.
  • Check water quality: Test your aquarium water to ensure it meets the ideal parameters and conduct regular water changes to maintain a healthy environment.
  • Monitor tank mates: Make sure your Plakat Bettas aren't being harassed or attacked by other fish and remove any aggressive tank mates if needed.
  • Create a suitable habitat: Provide plenty of hiding spots, appropriate lighting, and a properly sized tank for your fish.

While Plakat Bettas are generally hardy, they can be susceptible to some common fish diseases, such as:

  • Ich (white spot disease): A prevalent parasitic infection causing white spots on the body and fins, lethargy, and appetite loss. Treat Ich with aquarium salt or anti-parasitic medication and raise the water temperature to around 82°F (28°C).
  • Fin rot: A bacterial infection that leads to frayed or discolored fins and tail. Treat fin rot with a partial water change, aquarium salt, and antibacterial medication containing erythromycin or tetracycline.
  • Velvet disease: A parasitic infection causing a yellow or brownish velvet-like coating on the fish's body. Treat velvet disease with anti-parasitic medication containing copper sulfate or formalin.
  • Swim bladder disease: A condition where fish have difficulty swimming upright. Treat swim bladder disease by fasting the fish and offering them blanched peas, and consider using an antibacterial medication if needed.

Prevent diseases in Plakat Bettas by maintaining excellent water quality, avoiding overfeeding, and providing a balanced diet. Quarantine new fish before adding them to the main tank and promptly address any signs of illness.


Breeding Plakat Bettas can be a challenging undertaking, but it is achievable with the right setup and conditions. Follow these steps to breed Plakat Bettas:

  • Step #1: Create a suitable breeding environment with a separate 5-10 gallon breeding tank, a pH level of around 6.5 to 7.5, and a temperature of about 80°F (27°C). Maintain soft water (1-10 dGH) and include hiding spots like plants and spawning sites such as bubble nests for the fish's comfort.
  • Step #2: Select healthy, mature male and female Plakat Bettas for breeding. You can determine the gender by observing their physical characteristics and behavior.
  • Step #3: Prepare the breeding pair with a high-protein diet of live or frozen foods for several weeks to help them build strength and energy.
  • Step #4: Introduce the pair to the breeding tank and monitor their behavior. The male will build a bubble nest, and the female will display vertical stripes when ready to spawn. Ensure both fish are in good health and remove any aggressive individuals.
  • Step #5: Care for the eggs and fry by removing the female after spawning. The male will care for the eggs in the bubble nest. Once the fry hatches and becomes free-swimming, remove the male as well. Feed the fry infusoria or liquid fry food initially, then gradually introduce crushed flake food.
  • Step #6: Monitor the growth and development of the fry, and separate them by size if needed to prevent larger fry from preying on smaller ones.

Breeding Plakat Bettas can be a rewarding experience for experienced hobbyists. Patience and the right conditions are key to success.

Recommended Tank Mates

Here are the top 10 recommended tank mates for Plakat Bettas:

  1. Harlequin Rasboras
  2. Corydoras Catfish
  3. Neon Tetras
  4. Ember Tetras
  5. Kuhli Loaches
  6. Amano Shrimp
  7. Cherry Shrimp
  8. Nerite Snails
  9. Rummy Nose Tetras
  10. Zebra Danios

Remember to avoid housing Plakat Bettas with other bettas, fin-nipping species, or any aggressive fish, as they may cause stress or injury. Always observe the behavior of new tank mates to ensure they coexist peacefully with your Plakat Betta.


To summarize, Plakat Bettas are an attractive species of freshwater fish known for their vibrant colors and unique finnage. These fish require specific water parameters, a well-rounded diet, and a suitable environment to thrive in captivity. However, with proper care, they can live up to 3-5 years and be a striking addition to any aquarium. When selecting tank mates, it's crucial to choose peaceful and non-aggressive species to ensure a harmonious community. Breeding Plakat Bettas can be a challenging but rewarding experience for experienced hobbyists, and patience and ideal conditions are key to success. Overall, Plakat Bettas are an eye-catching and lively species that can enhance any aquatic display with their bold colors and distinct appearance.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the ideal tank size for Plakat Bettas?

When setting up a home for Plakat Bettas, a 5-gallon tank is the minimum recommended size for a single fish. Opting for a larger tank is even better, as it helps keep water conditions stable while offering plenty of room for your fish to swim.

How many Plakat Bettas should be kept together?

Plakat Bettas are best kept individually, as they can be territorial and aggressive towards their own kind. If you want to house more than one Plakat Betta, a larger, heavily planted tank with dividers or visual barriers is necessary to prevent aggression.

What water parameters do Plakat Bettas require?

Plakat Bettas thrive in water temperatures between 76°F and 82°F (24°C and 28°C), a pH between 6.5 and 7.5, and moderately hard water with a hardness between 2 and 12 dGH.

What do Plakat Bettas eat?

Plakat Bettas are carnivorous and require a protein-rich diet. Feed them a mix of high-quality pellet or flake food, along with live or frozen foods such as brine shrimp, bloodworms, and daphnia.

Are Plakat Bettas compatible with other fish?

Yes, Plakat Bettas can coexist with other similarly sized, non-aggressive fish species. Ideal tank mates include small tetras, rasboras, and corydoras catfish.

How long do Plakat Bettas live?

With proper care and optimal tank conditions, Plakat Bettas can live for 3 to 5 years.

How do I breed Plakat Bettas?

Breeding Plakat Bettas requires a separate breeding tank with ideal water conditions and a suitable environment, including hiding spots for the female. Males build bubble nests to attract a female for spawning.

Do Plakat Bettas require a planted tank?

While not strictly necessary, a planted tank is highly recommended for Plakat Bettas. Live plants provide hiding spots, improve water quality, and create a more natural environment that closely resembles their native habitat.

Can Plakat Bettas change color?

Indeed, Plakat Bettas can undergo color changes as a result of several factors, such as stress, illness, or alterations in water conditions. If you observe your Plakat Betta experiencing a loss of color, it's important to examine the water parameters and keep a close watch on their health.