Red Siamese Fighting Fish, Betta Splendens by bluehand

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Breeders have also developed color patterns in betta fish, including marbling, which is usually blue and red with a pale base color, and “butterfly” coloring, which means the betta’s body is a solid color, but its fins are divided into two distinct colors. bettas are also now bred in metallic colors such as copper, gold, rust and platinum.
Female Betta fish are dull colored and have small dorsal fins.
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Solitary Bettas, like Fred, can be kept in a variety of habitats. In the wild they can survive in shallow puddles, so smaller plastic or glass containers are sufficient. However, remember that the smaller the container in which the Betta lives, the more often you should change the water. The reason that a Betta, unlike a goldfish, can thrive in lesser amounts of water, is because it is a . Male Betta fish are bright colored and have large dorsal fins.
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Ask questions before making your purchase to ensure that the Betta was well cared-for at the pet store. Also, be attentive when bringing home your Betta to make sure he is still alive. Since Bettas are not very active, they could lie dead in a plastic bag or glass bowl without anyone noticing. Sometimes Bettas are already sick because of the less-than-healthy conditions in the . To guarantee the purchase of a healthy fish, visit only those dealers that have been referred or those that have a proven reputation. Let's pretend that Fred, a two-year-old Cambodian Betta, is swimming around in his tank enjoying his solitude. Ever the optimist, Fred has made a bubblenest on the surface, hoping for a ready-and-able spawning partner to soon appear. He hears the slight splash of another fish entering his space, turns and immediately spots not his long-awaited love, but Harry, the Piebald Betta. Without hesitation, Fred attempts to make himself appear as large as possible by turning his gill covers outward and extending the dark red branchiostegal membranes beyond his gill cavity. His 'flaring' or 'displaying' makes him look much bigger to Harry, since Harry has a low visual acuity. Bettas are usually active and float upright, unless they are sleeping. Bring your hand close to the fish to make sure it is alert. Don't jab a finger into the bag in which it is stored or tap against its bowl or you will startle the fish. Rather, move your hand gently toward the Betta and gauge its reaction. Be subtle and gentle so as not to traumatize the fish. A is very alert and will always react to movement it detects. Accessorizing with fish was not what the people of Siam originally had in mind when they started collecting Bettas prior to the 1800s. Known as , the Bettas of that time were not the same elegant, little fish we see today. With much smaller fins and a dirty greenish-brown hue, they were bred for competitive fighting and not for the fame of their magnificent finnage and colors. Native to Siam, (now Thailand), Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and parts of China, these fish became accustomed to that were often at or above 80 degrees. is very contagious. Separate the fish that appear uncontaminated from the diseased fish. Place the uncontaminated Betta in a separate quarantine tank until you are sure they are healthy. To prevent the disease from being transferred to your healthy Betta, do not share nets between the tanks. Also, ensure that you wash everything used in handling either the sick or the quarantined Betta properly in hot water before using it with any other fish. Although Betta fish were originally bred for their fighting tendencies – and still are today – they have become more widely sought after for their , both of which have earned the Betta the nickname “The Jewel of the Orient.”