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10 Quick Betta Fish Facts

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Betta Fish Facts

10 Quick Betta Fish Facts


In the wild Betta fish are a dull browny green color


Domesticated (pet) betta fish are more aggressive than in the wild because of years of selective breeding for fish fighting


Betta fighting was once a sport in Thailand (Siam) where betting took place over the winner much like cock fighting


Betta fish are sometimes called Japanese fighting fish or Chinese fighting fish although they are not native to either country


Unlike most fish Betta fish can breathe air! They have a labyrinth bladder, allowing them to take air from the above the waters surface


Betta fish who do not use their labyrinth bladder can fall ill (which can be life threatening) – so always make sure there is a gap at the top of your tank for your fish to breathe from the surface


Betta fish can be taught tricks such as taking food from your hand, going through a hoop and following a laser pen


Betta fish can recognize their owner and if they see the fish food tub they will know its feeding time


A betta’s natural habitat is a shallow stream or rice paddy

…And finally and most importantly…


Betta fish should not be kept in tiny containers or vases – people often thank that because they come from shallow streams they can be kept in tiny tanks, this is wrong, shallow streams still have huge areas for the betta to swim.

Did you learn anything about bettas in these 10 quick betta fish facts? What did I miss? Please leave all your betta fish facts in the comments below! :)

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8 Responses to “10 Quick Betta Fish Facts”

  1. Nikki 9 January 2013 at 2:28 am Permalink

    I have a male thai betta in a 6 g marineland pillar tank. I would also add that they should not be fed more than 3 betta pellets per day, and should not eat at least one day out of the week.

  2. Samuel X 28 February 2013 at 12:23 am Permalink

    When you put two betta fish in the same tank (big or small tank) one of them will be killed bye the other!!!

  3. Samuel X 28 February 2013 at 12:26 am Permalink

    They are very shy when you put them in a new tank
    My betta fishes name is perry

  4. Samuel X 28 February 2013 at 12:28 am Permalink

    A betta fishes water should be changed every 10 days!

    • Honesty 31 July 2014 at 2:16 am Permalink

      Not always, it depends on how big or small the tank is

  5. Amanda 30 January 2014 at 11:15 pm Permalink

    Not sure I’m believing that betta fish are a dull brown color in their natural habitat. Maybe you have some information following that.

    Quick question, how do you feel about a community tank with 6 females and one male? I have been having success for quite some time but it seems no body talks about it.

  6. Laura 14 March 2014 at 2:46 am Permalink

    I have a veiltail blue male beta, and the way to tell male from female:
    Female- shorter fins, and no beard
    Male- Long beautiful fins, and ferocious beard around head- much like a lion’s mane.
    Hope this helps!

  7. lee 20 June 2014 at 9:16 pm Permalink

    Heya im trying to find some information on fighter fish living together, I have two males that are in the same tank although one is a crowntail and the other is a butterfly one-atleast thats what I think its called the butterfly one is massive compared to the crowntail but they are absolutly fine together and have always been together, I was advised that I should breed them with a female since it doesnt happen very often I was just looking for opinions since I cant find much about them living together

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