The most common name is “Betta fish“. In addition there are also other names such as fighting fish, Siamese Fighting fish, Betta splendens, Bettas. If you see all these names do not get confused. They are all same fish that we love. You can buy the best ones here. :)))
Origins of Bettas
The wild bettas live in the tropical waters of Siam (now known as Thailand) – usually in rice paddies and small fresh water streams. Probably in shallowest waters. They eat tiny crustaceans, insect eggs and larvae, usually hunted from the water’s surface. Because they are very good hunters, if you work a little, you can teach them jump out of water to get their food from your hand.
The betta fish you see in the pet stores today not even close to the wild ones which are much duller. They do not have long flowing fins. It’s territorial and fighting instinct has always been in their genes. They will fight any other fish looks like a threat – in the wild these fights would last a few minutes and be over when one fish chooses to retreat.
Domestic Betta Fish
Betta fish are no longer dull. Due to selective breeding they are now vibrantly colored and have beautiful long fins – making them a popular choice of pet fish. The selective breeding of betta fish started long ago in Siam to increase the aggression, fight length and territorial instincts. Gambling was very popular on fish fights. Here is the golden rule on bettas:
Never put two MALE in the same tank.
It is not just male betta fish, you must think carefully about which fish are compatible. Now you know why they get the name ‘fighting fish’.
How Long do they live for?
While domesticated one’s life span is less than 4 years, up to 6 years is achievable. The world record is 10 years! In conclusion, we hope you will get all the information you need from this website. Therefore you will provide the longest, healthiest and happiest life to your fish. As a result, always go with the nature on fish care.