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Betta Fish Introduction

The Betta Fish or known as the Siamese fighting fish is very elegant and sought after fish as a starter.

It is very colorful and they have different variations which are sold in your local aquarium stores.

The Betta Fish are abundant and commonly found in Cambodia and Thailand.

The natural habitat is in rice paddies and still watered canals.

It would be very good to be considered as a first pet for children so that they can be taught to be responsible for caring for something.

Are Betta Fish expensive?

Betta Fish are inexpensive and easily obtainable in local aquarium stores.

All the Betta species are small fishes and their sizes range from 2.5 cm ( 1 inch ) to 12.5 cm ( 5 inches ).

The Bettas can breathe atmospheric air with a unique organ called labyrinth.

This special organ allows them to breathe in extremely low oxygen water conditions that would otherwise be detrimental to other kinds of small fishes.
Their natural habitat is mostly in rice paddies, slow-moving bodies of water, drainage ditches in rice paddies and big puddles.

History

During the mid to late 1800s, the king of Thailand took interest in betta fish because they are born to fight and very territorial.

The locals during that time would be selectively breeding them specifically to fight.

Naturally, the King, of course, would keep his best fighters and great care would have been undertaken.

One would think that the Betta Fish would fight to the death which is not the case.

When the bettas are brought into the arena and fight, there is one that will be always be retreating.

The one that retreats would be separated from the tank and would be a match that is lost.

Behavior Characteristics

Most of the fishes that we currently know are that they are kept in groups or schools.

This is not the case for the Betta Fish. They are highly territorial and likes to be independent which is evident in the wild.

Do betta fish fight?

If there are 2 males bettas in a tank they will have the tendency to fight each other so it wise to separate them.

But there are rare occasions that they can be kept together normally if it is a bigger tank and a lot of hiding places.

The female bettas can be held in groups but the tank should be at least 10 gallons.

But of course, sometimes there will always be one female betta that will be the aggressor and should be separated immediately.

10 gallons tank is advisable and you will be needing a lot of plants and hiding places since by nature they are territorial.

You would also notice that some aquarium have a transparent divider and on each side is a male and a female.

Both of them like to put up a show on intimidation and have their gills flare out on each other.

However, when a female betta fish is fertile and ready to mate the appearance of horizontal lines on the bettas sides is prominent.

Facts

Betta fish normal habitat temperature is around 79 degrees, a small heater is required and relatively cheap

The fish is a meat eater, so it advised to feed them a variety of shrimp and fish pellets or flakes

The Breeders have bred them to various fins and shapes to the discerning customer

They have a special organ called the labyrinth which enables them to breathe the air outside water, did you notice that they go get some gulps of air on the surface occasionally?

Bettas sometimes jump, so you have to make sure that there is enough clearance for them to be kept at bay

Do not overfeed bettas or else they will get sick and you will have to maintain the tank too often if the water gets too much-spoiled food

Sometimes you noticed why there are bubbles on the surface of the water.

This is a way in attracting female betta even there is none around it.

You can always buy an aquarium with a transparent divider so that you can place both male and female and observe the readiness in mating them

It is so unusual that after mating the male betta fish will chase away the female. The female would eat the eggs if she remains. This is so unusual for males to protect the eggs and the young.

Anatomy

Betta Fish Anatomy
Betta Fish Anatomy

The illustration above depicts the major organs of the Betta Fish.

What makes this fish unique as compared to the other tropical fish, is that it can survive on low oxygen water conditions in the rice paddies in Cambodia and Thailand.

They have evolved a labyrinth organ which allows the Betta Fish to go to the surface to gulp air and immediately absorbed into their body.

Try not to overfeed you Betta Fish because they have an extremely small stomach which is about the size of one of their eyes.

This type is fish is very beautiful especially when putting up a show with all the fins extended out.

When you go to your favorite per stores, you always see these Siamese fighting fish in small containers.

But if you wanted to make sure that they really live up to 3 years then the best aquarium size will be around 2.5 gallons to 5 gallons.

Fancy Guppy
Fancy Guppy
Snail
Snail
Catfish
Catfish

They can be mixed with other fish species such as rasbora, guppies, tetras, snails, Cory. The list is very extensive which will have a topic on its own.

Yes, Betta Fish are very hardy but this is evident in the wild where there are flowing water.

It is very important that you have the proper filtration since the water is recycled and contains fish remains and ammonia.

This will lead to diseases.

Since we are in the northern hemisphere with four seasons, it is adamant that you have the properly regulated heater inside you fish tank too to maintain the 79 degrees in their normal habitat.

If the water is too cold this again will lead to illness.

14 thoughts on “Betta Fish Introduction

  1. What a great topic! I remember owning Betta fish when I was a child. I was mesmerized by their flowing fins and colors. 

    Do you have any product recommendations you could provide people looking to start their aquarium? Are there any fish that absolutely cannot be kept with Betta fish? 

    Do you have any photos of your own personal aquarium or Betta fish?

    1. Hello Tent,

      Right now I’m a working guy with full-time job and I still keep Betta Fishes on the side on my laptop.

      You can check out the reviews on betta fish tanks and the website which includes information which types of fish that can cohabitate with the betta fish

  2. I has absolutely no idea that such a species of fish existed. They sound very amazing with weird behaviours and characteristics. They woukd be an absolute fun to have around. Another beautiful discovery for me

    How do you know the amount of food to give betta fish so as not to over feed them?

  3. Wow this is an amazing fish never heard of it.

    Its so colourful, I imagine myself having on in my aquarium. Sitting down an watching them would be so much fun.

    Wish could get one to my location.

    Thanks for this post. You blog has always been introducing me to a whole lot.

    The best part about this fishes is the bubbles they make that is so attractive. 

    1. Hello Nsikakabasi,

      Yes, they are lovely to behold and I consider them to be one of the most intelligent small tropical fishes.

  4. This blog is very educative for once I have never come across this kind of fish before and two I got to learn more than just I could have thought I have a son who was requesting for fish as per I didn’t know what to look for but know I do have more than enough regarding betta fish so this the fish I am my son.

  5. I am from Thailand and yes Beta fish was very popular then, now I don’t see it around as much as I was a kid. I remembered that I would see the kids (my friends) gambling on which fish will win the fight. I had a couple of them in my lifetime. They are pretty easy to maintain, all you need is just the glass bowl and a food specially for them. Glad I came across your post, brought back childhood memories 🙂

    1. Hello Nuttanee,

      It is still important to even have a small filtration system even if the Betta Fish can survive without it because if the unique organ they have

  6. This is really a fantastic topic because it is not short of colour. I remember seeing the Betta fish at an aquarium when I was a little boy. I fell in love with this fish because of its amazing colour. I never knew there was different variations to the Betta fish. Thanks for educating me on this.

    Someday I hope to own an aquarium with a Betta fish

  7. Amazing post!

    Reminds me of my childhood memories when my dad bought me my first betta fish.

    This fish is just LUV.

    Really!

    And the beautiful colors are breathtaking.

    Would love to see your blog one of the best ones in betta fish category!!!

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