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Betta Splendens


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Please remember that the following comments are personal experiences and may or may not apply to your setup. Use them as guide to help better understand your fish, like us all individuals will behave differently under different circumstances.


From: Burks
I've never owned a male Betta but can comment on the females. Although some people often regard the female as "dull" or "boring", this is far from the truth. With a little searching you can find females just as colorful as the males. I have two females, one in each 10g, and they are very friendly. One is mainly bright blue with red fins and the other is mainly a medium red with pink fins. These girls are just so friendly with everyone in the tank. Be careful when buying females, sometimes they place young males in the female Betta cup.
From: Moonbunny
Always keep your female bettas in threes. I've tried otherwise and the dominant fish bullies the other until the other is blanched with stress and fear. In threes, they mellow out and are friendly, curious, energetic and impish :) You might want to keep the water level about a 1/2 inch lower than usual, though, since they don't seem to have forgotten their ability to jump from puddle to puddle & will do it just to get your attention at food time. 3 bettas and an oto or two in a 10 gallon makes for a surprisingly bright, happy, clean, friendly and altogether rewarding tank. 3 bettas + one oto makes for a very nice beginners tank! Keep them clean and filtered and they'll entertain you for years to come :)
From: Don
As with any fish/animal, different personalities will come out despite common species characteristics. I have read everywhere that betas make great community fish. With my own male beta, this has not been the case. He will attack anything that is placed in his 10 gal. aquarium with him, even a plecostomus (a fish that I have never seen bothered by any other species). He is highly territorial. I attempted the breeding thing, but he only attacked the female until she eventually died from stress, even though I moved her away after just a night. But alone in his 10 gal. kingdom, he is an awesome pet. He gets excited (as much as a fish can) when people approach, likely anticipating food, and he curiously explores the slightest change in the tank. I have even seen him flare out his gills (as he does when agitated) toward his food, as though the food were an aggressor - as a side tip, any food that floats is best for the beta. They are a fish made to eat from the surface, usually live insects. So bottom line is each fish has its own personality, but from my own experience, the beta likes his own place, without any other fish around to bother it. And I would like to stress that even though they CAN live in a small unheated bowl, it doesn't mean they SHOULD. They do like small hiding places, but I think it is safe to say that for the vast majority of fish in general, the more space they have to swim around in, the better off they will be. And since the beta is tropical, HEATED water (around 80 or so degrees) is best. To not have a heater means that the water would likely never reach beyond around 72 degrees, and the temperature would fluctuate greatly from night to day, causing more stress for the beta. That's all. Enjoy your betta!
From: Rol
I had breed bettas many times. bettas are easy to care for, are real colorful and have lots of different type to choose from, crowntail, half-moon, delta or double tail. To breed bettas u gotta condition them for a week. but I had bred a male before just a day after I bought him. Keep them in a jar feed them 2 or 3 times a day and change water after feeding maybe an hour after they eat. My experience is if the male isn't very aggressive the easier and faster u can mate them. Just make the room smaller so the smaller the female can run from him. But be sure he has built a bubble nest. I put styroform cup to help keep the bubbles from popping. And make sure u have a light and a heater try to keep the temp in about 76 degrees. The female should be first kept in a jar where the male can see and fin her. After a nest has been built put the female in if they do not mate in about 2 hour remove female put back in the jar and try again the next day. If male doesn't build a next try putting another male near him where he can fin and see him.
From: Cathy
In the Betta Splendens profile, you say that this fighting fish can be placed in a community tank, but not with fin nipper fishes. In fact Betta splendens IS a fin nipper. So it shouldn't be placed with a fish who has large fins, like guppies. A mistake I've done myself. But, I have to say that all Bettas have distinct characters, some of them may get along with Guppies some of them not. The secret is watching and observing if you introduce a betta in a community tank. If it begins to nip at other fishes fins, they should be removed or placed in a Betta display. That's what I've done with mine. Since it's isolated, it seems happier, doing his bubble nest under the floating plant I gave him.

From: Brad
I have 2 Siamese fighting fish. Recently they breed and now im looking after 4 week old fry. Over all this fish is easily looked after and breed. But my female just recently died due to breeding well yeah dats my comment da Siamese fighting fish is my fave fish so far!-
From: Christine
I have a Siamese Fighting Fish in with Gouramis, Angels, Neon tetras and Serpae tetras - seem to do no harm to any of the others and the others leave it alone. Basically goes about its own business. Really easy to keep - I'm very happy with it.

From: Herman King
I have been breeding this fish since I was 13 years old & I have found that no matter what & how many books you read about this fish I have found that they will always do something that is totally out of the ordinary. I've had female betta's that took control of the males duties after the spawn, I've had babies that were an entirely different color than their parents & the list goes on. I've never had any problems with one in a community setting with the exception of them being in the tank with a couple of Tiger Barbs which is a definite no, no! Breeding this fish can be a challenge to the first time breeder, but I myself was a first time breeder over 25 years ago. So enjoy this hardy little fish & may all your stories be success stories.

From: Sudesh Patel
Siamese fighters are very aggressive try to keep them away from guppy's as my friends guppy had its tail literally ripped off

From: Tasha
I have 3 male betas, separately of course. They have a wonderful personalities. Yes, I have one fin nipper and the other two seem less feisty. However, all of them like to lay on broad leaf plants. Rather like a hammock. They are beautiful and you have to be careful when you do put them in a large tank so they don't get sucked up on the filter tube. Yes it happened poor thing. He's fine. Also they need more than those little so called beta tanks to live in. 1 gallon to 2 gallon tanks are good so the water temperature stays pretty moderate. I love my fish.

From: Darin Soares
I have one crowntail betta that is one year old. He lives in a one gallon bettahex. I feed him Hikary Gold pellets. I also have a commen betta.

From: Betta_nut....(aka:Tina-NY)
I haven't been into the fish hobby long but it was long enough for the Betta Bug to hit me hard lol. I now have 2 males and 3 females. I will be adding 2 more males and 6 females very soon as I am removing other fish I had started with. I am turning my 5 tanks, totaling 235 gallons, into nothing but bettas with a few bottom cleaning species also............These are the coolest fish I think there is and they are extremely addicting so watch out-one betta will never be enough once the Betta Bug bites you.

From: Jacob
Well...mine isn't exactly a success story...I received this awesome thing on christmas....and mind you I am quite a newbie...He will be transferred into a one gallon tank tomorrow morning, because I'm currently treating the water...because of my lack of betta experience his colors have faded in a few days but I'm hoping they come back...its a male...but they are great!

From: Michelle
I have a betta in my tank with a swordtail and various tetras. He is very peaceful and brings spectacular beauty to the aquarium.

From: Sharon
Tim commented that he has trouble with his betta being aggressive to gouramis. Gouramis are anabantids also, and as a related species are more likely to trigger the betta's territorial instinct. I once placed a betta and a dwarf gourami together. Never again. Mine do pretty well with white clouds and rummynose tetras, though even these little guys will fin-nip a bit. I've heard otherwise, but I think neons are worse fin-nippers, though not terrible. In spite of the compatibility issues, bettas are beautiful, enjoyable fish.

From: Dustin
I used to have male and female Bettas and loved them. I attempted to breed them, but I did not condition them well nor introduce them correctly. They never bred and ended up getting their fins torn up. They all (5 total Bettas) passed away a while back. I would strongly recommend A LOT of research. I just bought a male and female. I'm now conditioning them properly. They are great!!







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