Species group: Betta Fishes
Other common names: Siamese Fighting Fish; Betta
Scientific name: Betta splendens
The Betta Fish (also commonly known as the Siamese Fighting Fish) is one of the most popular species of freshwater aquarium fish, especially for beginning aquarists. In the wild they are found in rice paddies and canals in Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. They are very easy to care for and accept most foods including flakes and micro-pellets, feeding the occassional bloodworm treat would be welcomed too.
Part of their appeal is their graceful and colorful appearance. Betta Fish come in many exotic color varieties including magenta, orange, yellow, white, and emerald green. In their natural state Betta Fish are a dull green and brown. However, through selective breeding, breeders have created an extensive range of colors such as marble and butterfly, as well as metallic colors such as copper, gold, and opaque. They have also produced fish with longer, differently shaped and more vividly colored fins. Today, available Betta tail shapes include: veil-tail, crown-tail, half-moon, round tail and double-tail.
Male Betta Fish are semi-aggressive, and two male Bettas can never to be housed in the same tank as they will fight to the death. Female Bettas are less aggressive than males and can be kept in groups in a large enough tank. Males and females cannot be kept together because of the high probability that the female will be harassed to death.
Bettas can actually be kept in community tanks with short finned peaceful fish like Tetras, Danios, and Cory cats because they only fight with other Bettas, or Betta looking fish. For this reason avoid Guppies and any fish with long colorful fins. Bettas long tails are a target for other semi-aggressive and aggressive fish so bettas should not be kept with barbs, gouramis, cichlids, or any other aggressive fish.
For a single betta a minimum tank size of 1 gallon is recommended. They don't need the water oxygenated because they can breath off the surface of the water but they still need the water above 72 degrees and filtered. In a one gallon tank sponge filters work great. If being housed with other fish they should have a minimum of 10 gallons and plenty of hiding places. Bettas like to hide and plants make great hiding spots and improve water quality.
beautiful color variations, big flowing fins, EASIEST pet, favorite fish species, Great solo fish
male kept nipping, community environment, Aquarium Nitrogen Cycle, suitable tankmates, delicate fins
bubblenest, live blood worms, commonly abused fish, little wiggle dances, personality love mirrors
Bettas: Awesome, Misunderstood Fish
Little did I know when I picked up my first Betta Fish that it would lead to me getting four more, as well as convincing my boyfriend to get one, complete with a five gallon, filtered tank. This goes to show how fun these little fish are. Even though they need to be kept alone, they make up for it with their beautiful fins and big personality. Mine have been very bold, always begging for food and eager to explore new objects when I clean their tank. They've been incredibly easy to care for-- mine are housed in heated 3-5 gallon aquariums, and the water quality is always good. There is such a noticeable difference when they are housed in heated tanks- rather thank a half dead, floating fish, they're active and fun to watch. It's a shame that they're sold in little cups of water. .
From abirose Dec 25 2018 4:24PM
Looks bad, but fish recover
Stress brings on this viral disease. The fish will recover if most cases. But if you have a dead fish, for any reason, remove it immediately. If fish eat a dead fish, the virus may be transmitted. The rotting fish will cause a stressful spike in ammonia and nitrite. Remove dead fish right away!!!.
From James 2 days ago