The Betta or Siamese Fighting Fish is a very beautiful and vies with the highly favored and the familiar for the title of best known fish. They are also one of the oldest known freshwater fish to be kept in aquariums. They were collected before the 19th century in both Thailand and Malaysia. The Goldfish and their close cousin, the , are perhaps the only species that have a longer history in the trade.
Aquarium Kits, Systems, Betta Bowls for Saltwater & Freshwater Fish
If you are like me and have a strong passion for freshwater aquariums, you have probably considered incorporating Betta fish to your tank. I’m sure you’ve heard how wonderful Bettas are and how beautiful they can be.
Bettas are popular freshwater fish
Betta Fish (also known as Siamese fighting fish) are one of the most popular freshwater fish for fish keepers, and are perfect for beginners. Originating from Thailand, these beautifully coloured fish are relatively easy to care for. However, as with all aquarium fish, there are certain things you need to know. That’s where we come in. This guide will teach you everything you need to know about caring for a Betta fish.
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Bettas can do great with other community fish. There are hundreds of commonly kept freshwater aquarium fish so I won’t go into which are good and which are bad, but here are some general rules of thumb.Because of their propensity to fight, only one male of this species should be housed in any given system, irrespective of the tank’s size. The only exception would be setups that have physical separations (dividers) to keep the males separated.
Some aquarists would not keep female bettas together, but I think they can generally be kept together in the same tank without a divider. Some may be too aggressive for this setup, though. I don’t recommend permanently housing females with a male. The male will chase and harass the females to the point of poor health and even death.
Most male bettas are “medium-aggressive” freshwater fish and will get along well with other community fish species. Angelfish, smaller gouramis, livebearers (swords, mollies, platies) are appropriate tankmates. Slower-moving fish with long, flowing fins, such as male show guppies, do not make good tankmates because the male will bite at their fins. On the other hand, male bettas themselves can get nipped by fast-moving nippers, such as some medium-sized barbs (tigers and rosies) and bigger danios. These fish may also steal all of the betta’s food during feeding time. Bettas eat slowly, so during feeding, you may need to sequester your betta in a container away from tankmates to make sure it gets enough to eat.