Betta Fish

Betta Fish
Betta Fish

Betta Fish (Siamese Fighting Fish)

What is betta fish?
Betta is a large genus of small, often colorful, freshwater ray-finned fishes. Most famous species of Betta is Siamese fighting fish which is also called the betta fish or just betta. The Siamese fighting fish is one of the most popular species of freshwater aquarium fish.

Siamese fighting fish or the Betta fish is native to the rice paddies of Thailand and Cambodia.

In captivity, adult betta fish should be fed once a day and babies should be fed twice a day. It is extremely important not to overfeed the fish.

Bettas have a lifespan of 2-5 years. Normally they live for 2-3 years,rarely they will live for 4-5 years.

Betta belong to the gourami family (Osphronemidae).

There are 28 known species of Betta(Siamese fighting fish is one of them).

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

When I was a kid, my brother's friend Keo used to come over almost everyday and bring a new Betta in order to fight my brother's Betta fish. After about a week of getting beat, Keo gave up and never brought over another Betta. When reflecting upon it, I guess it was cruel to have the fish fight one another...What are your thoughts?

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Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago Author

Yes Dohn, its really cruel.

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rb11 7 years ago from Las Vegas

They are a beautiful fish, are the naturally aggressive or are they trained in some fashion to fight?


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Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago Author

Yes rb11 they are really beautiful. I don't think one can train them to fight and I haven't seen them involved in aggressive acts yet.

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ethel smith 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Never heard of these, thanks

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Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago Author

Well now you have!

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Pink Mingos 7 years ago from Mars

Bettas are beautiful in color which is why they have always been one of my favorites.

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katyzzz 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Fantastic looking fish, it would like my computer art

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Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago Author

Yes PM and Katyzzz these betta fish are one of the most beautiful fish. And they are becoming common as a pet too.

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Carla Soho 7 years ago

This is beautiful!

Jenn 5 years ago

RB they are not trained to fight... its in their blood.. hence why they are called "siamese fighting fish"

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givingfairy 5 years ago from some place in the Big Apple

I like Betta fish also but will not rear them because of their short life expectancy. Besides for such pretty creatures they fight too much.

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mvallar 5 years ago from Angeles City, Philippines

we used to do that as well. We'd cheer as the Bettas ripped each others fins apart. Looking back now, I think I'd rather raise Bettas for their beauty. Just watching them swimming serenely up to surface to get their breath of air, then checking out the underwater gravel for tidbits of food and sometimes pecking something microscopic that only they can see...that's the pleasure in raising Bettas.

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Ultimate Hubber 5 years ago Author

"that's the pleasure in raising Bettas."

Well said mv!

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