Little Known Facts About Betta Fish

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Facts About Betta Fish – Origin
Betta fish were named after an ancient Asian warrior clan named the Bettah due to their natural fighting instinct, and were actually bred to fight in the 1800’s. They are native to the Southeast Asian region of the world. There are more than 60 varieties that come from various regions, such as Thailand, Cambodia, China, and Japan. Read Types of Betta Fish for a detailed list and description of the most common varieties of Bettas. In the wild, a betta fish’s diet would consist primarily of water bound insects and some plants. For the healthiest food I’ve found for bettas, check out the betta fish supplies page. Bettas have upturned mouths so that they can eat bugs off the surface of the water – thus giving them an angry look all the time.

Facts About Betta Fish – Appearance
Betta fish are very unique in appearance. They come in a wide variety of stunning colors (more than 25 colors in all) and have long, beautiful fins and tails. One of the facts about Betta fish females is that they also have vertical stripes and are generally slightly smaller and much thinner than the male Betta. They are typically around 2-3 inches when fully grown, but depending on the specific species and sex they can be smaller or larger. While professional breeders have been trying to breed a true albino betta, there hasn’t been a real one in over 50 years! There have been some close ones (such as a white betta with white eyes, but blue pupils), but a true albino hasn’t been around since 1953 (and the only other time was in 1927).

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Facts About Betta Fish – A Long Life
The Betta Life Span is usually around 2-3 years, but can be as long as 5 years or more if kept in good conditions. Make sure to review Water for Betta Fish and Water Temperature for Betta Fish to learn about the proper conditions required to keep your Betta as healthy as possible. Bettas are solitary creatures and are extremely territorial, which means that you should be very careful in choosing the fish that share a tank with your Betta. Even if you put a fish that is non-threatening in the same tank, if they are fast or avid swimmers they may stress out your Betta. Make sure to NEVER put two male bettas in the same tank! They will compete with each other through combat, and one will eventually be killed, and even the victor will end up seriously injured. Bettas are considered intelligent fish, and can learn several different tricks and can even learn to recognize their owners. However, if you put a mirror in front of your betta, he’ll think it’s another fish and try to attack it – they’re really that territorial. Caring for Bettas is one of the best online resources for learning exactly how to care for your betta.

Facts About Betta Fish – Interesting Items
By far the coolest of facts about Betta Fish is that they possess the labyrinth organ, which allows them to breath regular air. It is located at the top of their head, and allows them to use outside oxygen in addition to using their gills to extract oxygen from inside the water. Since Bettas can breath air outside the water, they can survive in water lacking oxygen for an extended period of time (although you should still change their water frequently!). Some species of Bettas will even rest on an exposed leaf outside the water when tired. Male betta fish will usually flare their fins when they feel threatened, or when trying to attract and mate with a female betta. Take a look at Betta Fish Mating to learn about the mating process, the creation of bubble nests by the male betta, and much more. The male bettas will usually chase off the females after the eggs are laid and tend them himself – this is because the female will sometimes eat the eggs.

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