Betta – Female


The female Betta is a type of "Siamese" Fighting Fish. These fish have been bred over the years to enhance the fins and remarkable variety of colors of the males, as well as making them increasingly combative. Therefore, only one male should be kept in a tank; however, smaller, shorter-finned females may be housed together with caution. In addition, a male and a female should only be housed together temporarily for breeding purposes. Females can be as colorful as the males, although, they rarely have the long finnage that is seen with the males.

An ideal environment for the Female Betta is an aquarium that holds a steady temperature and does not contain tank mates that may nip at their fins. Provide an aquarium of at least 10 gallons if housed with a male Betta in order to reduce aggression.

Once laid by the female, the eggs are tended by the male in a bubble nest. Fry appear in about 24 hours and must be fed very small food initially, such as crushed or powdered flakes and newly hatched brine shrimp. Fry will also take finely chopped hard-boiled egg yolk.

A carnivore, the Betta will eat all types of live food as well as freeze-dried flakes and frozen foods.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Sarah Rickaby November 3, 2009 at 7:35 pm

I love my betta! I’ve only at her for a few days now but she knows when i’m near the tank and swims to me. shes so cute 🙂

Bennet February 24, 2011 at 3:09 pm

I have two female betta, in different tanks. They started out in the same tank, but the larger, older one was a big fin-nipper toward the smaller new female, so the smaller got moved into a 10 gallon community tank. I personally like the females better than males; they swim around more and are more active overall because they do not have rediculously large fins as males do. My larger female has longer fins and is a beautiful dark blue- not all female betta are small and ugly!! she is as beautiful as any male; people dont believe me when i tell them she is female.
One word of caution: they easily get fin rot, so weekly water changes and watching their fins everyday is a MUST

Kiara March 29, 2011 at 8:39 am

I have an Opaque female Bettta like the one in the lower right portion of the picture. She is in my 10 gallon community tank with my male Platy and 5 Neon Tetras. She’s so fun to watch and has a blue sheen to her.

Bennet, if you want to keep more then 1 female Betta in a tank, there has to be at least 3-4. If there are less then 3-4 female Bettas in a tank, then 1 will get picked on by the others. You might want to do a lot of research before you get something. If you kept that little female Betta in your tnak with the larger one without moving her, she would have been dead in a week.

Andrew Castagna May 10, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Great fish but not as colorful as the males.

Sky October 1, 2012 at 1:47 pm

I’ve had a few female fighting fish now. The first, jumped out of the tank I had it in the first night I had her and died, so now I make sure I have a lid on the tank.

Then I got three a few years ago and they live happily together without fighting. The three of them had different personalties. One was bossy, one was sweet and the other wimpy. After a while I had Neon Tetras and Guppies in with them and had no issues.

Currently I have a crown tail female in with my baby Angel Fish, Platy and three Dwarf Gouramis and they are all getting along happily. The main thing to have with male or female Bettas is warmth. Unlike what the pet shops tell you, they do need heaters!

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