Betta – Male


The Betta is without a doubt, one of the most popular freshwater tropical fish. And it is easy to see why. The Betta is, first and foremost, brightly colored in shades of vibrant hues unparalleled among freshwater fish. Second, this member of the Belontiidae family is hardy when kept in ideal water parameters. Finally, despite their seemingly delicate beauty, Betta splendens requires simple care, which makes them a favorite of both beginning and advanced hobbyists.

Betta splendens is often referred to as Fighting Fish or "Siamese" Fighting Fish, since it has been bred over the years to be both colorful and combative, especially towards other males. As such, only one male Betta should be kept in an aquarium. However, smaller, shorter-finned - though often equally as colorful - females may be housed together with caution. The Betta should be housed with peaceful fish that will not nip at the Betta's glorious, flowing fins.

An ideal environment for the Betta is a well-filtered aquarium that holds a steady temperature of between 75° and 86°F. Though the Betta is often sold in small bowls in department stores, for best care, Betta splendens should be kept singly in aquariums of at least 3 gallons. It also prefers a variety of hiding places amongst the foliage of freshwater plants.

The Betta can be bred in the home aquarium. For breeding purposes, males and females can be temporarily housed together. Once laid by the female, the eggs are placed inside a bubblenest and tended by the male Betta. 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.

Provide the Betta with a carnivore diet consisting of a quality flake food, frozen or freeze dried bloodworms and brine shrimp.

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Ben Henry June 15, 2009 at 10:59 am

In the past have had numerous bettas, all of them making wonderful pets with their calm mood and brilliant colors.

Pros: They can be kept in small aquariums, they are easy to care for and little maintenance, are extremely fascinating to watch

Cons: They only live for 4 years normally 🙁

Sky October 1, 2012 at 1:55 pm

I’ve had many, many fighting fish over the years. Spite what pet shops tell you, they do need heaters and tanks at least 5 litres. They cannot fight constantly, or it stresses them out! Ten minutes a day keeps their fins healthy.

They like the PH of the water to be soft to medium.

I’ve had male fighting fish in with other fish, only to find they either cannot handle the strength of the filter or my other fish being picked on – example, Guppies.

They are wonderful fish, though I think they should be housed alone with a apple snail as a friend and a water plant and heater. I’ve found these couple of tricks have prolonged the life to my Bettas.

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