Betta Fish or Siamese Fighting Fish Scientific Name: Betta Splendens (given this scientific name in 1909 after previously being named Macropodus Pugnax) Common Name: Siamese Fighting Fish Genus (groups of animals from the same family): Betta Betta Fish are often referred to as Siamese Fighting Fish and people sometimes wonder why. Other people who know them as … [Read more...] about The History of Betta Fish
We Are Sorry to Hear of Your Betta's Passing Unfortunately all fish including betta fish, only live so long. You have made a connection with your fish, watched them grow and flourish within their tanks and fed them daily. The memories you have made with your betta you will keep for a lifetime, although it is important to send your betta off with a special burial. In this … [Read more...] about Betta Burial – Planning the Funeral and Burial of Your Betta Fish
Betta fish begin as small eggs no bigger than 0.03 inches in diameter although within 11 weeks are approximately 1.9 inches long. By seven months old the Betta's fins have reached maximum growth and it's length will lie between 3 to 4 inches. It is important to keep in mind that the size and growth rate of your Betta ultimately depends on tank size and conditions along with … [Read more...] about Betta Growth From Birth
Color As you have probably noticed the differing colors and patterns of Betta Fish seem endless. Common in aquariums are red and blue variations of Betta fish but they also come in black, yellow, turquoise, orange, white, multi colors, marble and metallic. Betta Color Variations The following are the betta fish variations and colors: Bi Color (Bettas body will be one … [Read more...] about Different Color Variations of Betta Fish
Once a week, usually Mondays, I drive during my lunch break to the LFS of my youth. Filled with clean tanks, they showcase the best of each breed of freshwater, pond and saltwater animals. Right in front, just as you pass the 1,300-gallon shark tank, are the Bettas. Three tiers, each having 10 partitions, state-of-the-art filtration, and full-spectrum lighting; here is the … [Read more...] about The Thrill of the Buy
Ruth wrote: This is a fairly long story here but I feel it is very important. Please bear with me. I am fairly new at this betta obsession. I have been at it a little over a month now. It was not something I decided to do on my own. I, in fact, am one of the people who received a betta in a bowl gift. Not having a clue on how to care for the little guy, I started … [Read more...] about Bettas & Filters. My experience – Negative Results.
Salt Baths are also known to be very helpful as an additional treatment for any type of fungus or with parasites. The following instructions were provided by a member of Healthy Betta and have warrented many positive results. Salt Bath Instructions: Use a one gallon container full of aged pretreated water. Add one Tablespoon of Aquarium Salt. Heat on the stove or microwave … [Read more...] about The Betta Salt Bath
My Sad Introduction to the Betta Myth I recall the first time I ever laid eyes on Betta splendens. Like most people, I was wandering about a local pet store and thought I’d pop through the fish section. I had not owned fish since the deaths of my tropical fish in a grossly overstocked 10g (40L) tank I owned as a kid – how I wish I had the internet to educate me then rather … [Read more...] about The Native Betta Habitat – Separating Fact from Fiction
When buying our first betta, most of us ask our local fish store staff person for advice before anyone else. We believe they are the experts and rarely question the soundness of their advice. After all, if they work in a fish store they must know all about fish, right? Wrong. Sure there are amazing fish store staff out there, but they are a rare commodity. More often, the … [Read more...] about Can You Trust Your Local Fish Store Staff?
If you stop to watch your betta for a few minutes you will see him surface, sticking his mouth above water, to suck in air. Though they have gills, they still rely on their labyrinth organ (similar to lungs) to gain oxygen from the atmosphere. This allows them to survive in poorly oxygenated waters where other fish species would suffocate and parish. Betta fish spend much of … [Read more...] about Betta Fish Hammock