What Are Betta Fish?
Betta fish are also known as Siamese fighting fish, labyrinth fish, Japanese fishing fish, fighting fish, fighter, Betta splendens, and B. splendens. These beautiful freshwater fish are generally colorful and ornate with captivating fins and tails and, of course, known for their fighting ways. Betta splendens, in fact, translates to “splendid warrior.” The keeping of wild betta fish originated in Asia for the purpose of using the fish for fighting as a form of entertainment. Betta fish’s native range extends from Thailand into Cambodia, Laos, and Viet Nam. Bettas have been kept as pets in the United States going back about 100 years. However, a recent study used genome sequencing to determine that betta fish have been being domesticated for about 1000 years!
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How to Care for Betta Fish
Choose a glass or plastic aquarium that is 5 gallons for best results. Do not keep your betta fish in a tank that is smaller than 2 gallons. Keep in mind that the smaller the tank or the bowl is, the more often it needs to be cleaned. Bettas are tropical fish so the water temperature should be around 76 to 81 degrees Fahrenheit (25 to 28 Celcius) and the pH range should be between 6.5 to 7.5. Filters are not required for betta fish to survive, but they keep the water healthier and the tank cleaner, which means less water changes that you need to perform. Betta are sensitive to chlorine so be sure to use a water conditioner when adding water to your betta’s tank. Distilled water should be avoided because essential minerals are removed. Offer your betta a hideout or two in the form of tank decor or plants. Choose live or silk plants to avoid harming delicate fins. Learn more about betta fish care. For a betta fish natural habitat you can incorporate catappa leaves (Indian Almond Leaves) or use Indian Almond Leaf Extract. The tannins in the leaves will darken the water naturally and simulate the natural betta habitat. It also offers privacy and has other health benefits like antifungal and antibacterial properties. Using the whole leaf adds a natural look to the decor, while using the extract offers quick results. Read Using Indian Almond Leaf Extract for Betta Fish.
How Long Do Betta Fish Live?
In the wild Siamese fighting fish live about 2 years. In captivity the average betta fish lifespan is about 3 years of age, but it is not unusual for them to live up to 5 years. Keep in mind that most pet store bettas are about 1 year old when you purchase them. The oldest recorded betta was 10 years old.
How to Breed Betta Fish
Get at least two tanks, one for housing and one for breeding. Cycle your tanks about a month before getting your fish. Choose your breeding pair. Your breeding tank should be in a calm and quiet area. Bettas prefer privacy when they breed. (I mean who doesn’t) The breeding tank will need to be kept around 78 degrees fahrenheit. The bottom of the tank should be bare and if you use a filter it should be a gentle one that won’t disturb the bubble nest. You still want to provide hiding places for your mating pair and something for the surface of the water that the male can use to build his nest. Read more about Breeding Betta Fish here.
What do Betta Fish Eat?
Bettas are carnivorous fish so they require a high protein diet. In the wild they eat brine shrimp, mosquito larvae, daphnia, bloodworms, and even tiny fish. The most common food source for pet bettas is pellets. Choose a high quality food without a lot of fillers like corn and wheat. Freeze dried bloodworms, brine, or daphnia shrimp are a great treat for your pet betta. Live and frozen foods are great, but have a higher risk of carrying disease or parasites.
How Much to Feed Betta Fish
Never overfeed bettas or other tropical fish. 2 to 4 Pellets should be fed once or twice a day. If you supplement with freeze dried or other food, substitute about 1 pellet for 1 piece of food.
What Fish Can Live With Betta Fish?
Female bettas can live together in a tank, but male Siamese fighting fish should either live by themselves or be in a tank with other non-aggressive fish species. Good tank mates for betta fish are guppies, kuhli loaches, african dwarf frogs, ghost shrimp, neon tetras, ember tetras, cory catfish, harlequin rasboras, and zebra snails. Plecostomus are a good option too, but consider that many plecos get quite large so you will need a tank that will be appropriate for them. There are small varieties of plecostomus, like the bristlenose or clown pleco, so choose those or another small variety if you don’t want a large tank. The bonus with having plecos is that they clean the algae in your tank!
How do Betta Fish Sleep?
Fish do not sleep, at least not like birds and mammals. Bettas do not have eyelids to shut in order to sleep, but they do rest with their eyes open. They take time to slow their metabolism and activity and even rest on the bottom of their tank or in a comfy spot amongst plants or tank ornaments. They don’t fully sleep so that they can stay alert to danger, a trait that comes from their wild ancestors.
How Big do Betta Fish Get?
Most types of betta fish grow to a mature size up to 3 inches (7.6cm), but average about 2.25 inches (5.7cm), Male and Female betta fish are about the same size, but the males tend to look larger than the females because of their bigger, longer fins.
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