Animal Stories - Siamese fighting fish

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The Siamese Fighting Fish is one of the most popular aquarium fish, and has been part of the hobby for a very long time!
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The Fish Guy - 2008-12-14
Bettas can be housed with different fish as long as you choose wisely and keep an eye on him/her for a few days. Fin nippers like some rasboras, some tetras, some danios and barbs, especially tiger barbs, should not be housed with males and sometimes females. Angelfish, fancy guppies, black and white skirt tetras, mollies, other labyrinth fish, small fancy goldfish and schools of neon tetras may cause male bettas to flare or attack them because of they might have the right colours or fins, but this is only true for the really aggressive male betta. My betta has all of those fish in his tank and he leaves them unharmed because he's not that aggressive. Females can be housed with all most any other fish but the males are not as easy to put into a community tank, but that does not mean it's impossible. If they are put into a community, the tank must be heated because without their heater they will be an easy target for any fish. They are slower in cold water and not as healthy. One male and one or more females can be housed together if they is enough hiding places and the tank is big enough, but sometimes the male will kill her if given the chance. It is also not impossible to keep more than on male in the tank, but they are best housed with only them self and no other male. I once kept two males together and they were fine. There was no fighting or killing but there was flaring.

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  • Jacob - 2014-07-30
    hi, I'm Jacob my betta is with 2 black snails and my betta he's happy. My
    snails are eating alge.

Rebecca Gardner - 2014-07-26

my betta keeps stalking my coreys , its worse when i feed all the fish in the tank i give the other fish flakes and the coreys wafers, he will also pinch there food [ last picture] i had one of my coreys for a few years along with the danios , tetras etc .. i bought my betta along with the other two catfish around 6 months ago, i dont think he actually attacks them but he will stalk them no matter where they are in the tank , is this something to be worried about and would he attack them at a later point , should i seperate them any advise would be great , there is some photos i have attatched to show his behaviour thank you 

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  • Rebecca Gardner - 2014-07-26
    thank you david for your reply , i have had bettas in the past before this one he was lovely royal blue colour, he wasnt at all a bother this one though his oddly strange, he spends his whole time just stalking my catfish , well all i can hope is this is him just being curious, i have got an hospital tank anyway at present it houses my black skirt tetra, was not sure if the tetra would start nipping at the bettas tail or vice versa so thought best to remove him to seperate tank, anyway thankyou once again x
Kathie kleinsmith - 2013-11-10
I have a male crown betta whose color has changed, he was black, and now is a rusty red, he appears to be healthy, eats well. What would cause this color change? He also seems very active, he is over a year old.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    Bettas can lighten if their water quality is not optimal. But in a well maintained aquarium, more often a change in color is due to genetics. As the fish age, one color often becomes more dominant, and the colors can even form different patterns. The color can stop or it can continue to morph throughout the fishes life. A betta can change so much it will often look like a much different fish than how it was when first acquired!
Vernell Gilbert - 2013-08-16
I have a veil tail male in and he is very picky about what he eats. He readily takes the betta food, yet that's all he eats. Flakes, freeze dried bloodworms, nor an occasional pea will he eat. My 3 females which are in a seperate tank eat all the above mentioned foods. He is the second male I have owned that has such a picky appetite. Is it normal?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-22
    It could be normal. Some fish are extremely picky. As long as he is eating the betta food, I wouldn't worry about him too much. He is getting the right nutrition.
Anonymous - 2013-08-04
I have been feeding my betta flakes and bloodworms for the whole six months I have had him. Whenever I try to get him to eat pellets he spits them out and tries again, he will do this repeatedly. I'm pretty sure he wants to eat them but can't. Does anyone know some techniques I could use in order to make them easier to eat?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-04
    Yes it sounds like the pellets are just too big for him to swallow. You may want to just crush them up in a plastic bag before giving them to him? If they are floating pellets they should stay at the top of the water, making it easier for him to get the smaller pieces.
Mani60C - 2010-02-21
I'm Emmanuel, I have 3 siamese fighting fish. One that is blue red and black, I called him Swish because his colors are sorta smooth and mixed. I have a pink one, my mum called it sweetness but I call it sweet. I have a purple and white one called Rage because he fought with sweet 7 hours straight. He was tired the next morning lol. Swish is ready to breed, his bubble nest is huge. I'm purchasing a female soon so he can breed.

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  • YUKESH - 2010-09-25
    I have yellow red and blue mixed siamese fighting fish i call it as blue buji because it is so bulky.
  • kye turnbull - 2013-03-25
    i love the names! they will breed like crazy!!!!!! although sometimes females never want to bred, its annoying when they do that.
  • Betta lover - 2013-06-05
    Is it necessary to breed a Betta when it is grown. I thinking of not to breed my Betta as it requires more care..pls reply me..
Betta lover - 2013-06-05
I have a pretty crown tail betta in a 1.5 gal bowl ,I bought him 1 month is blue , red and is 3months old when I bought it.. during his 3rd day in my house he got ammonia poisoning disease.. I browsed internet for solutions and finally I decided to change 100% water everyday and adding aquarium salt every time..miracle it really fish is extremely happy..his colours are vibrant and glowing.his fins are really growing in good pace. I feed him with pellets and egg yolk. its very nutritious and good for its health.pls everyone try this. I used to place a mirror for its exercise just for 15mins. I feed him about 2minutes how much he likes to and 3times a day. pls everyone follow there and make ur fish happy forever. pls do water changes regularly and remove any un eaten food or waste in the aquarium. all the best. any doubts pls comment here.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-05
    So glad to hear you were able to catch the water problem before you lost your beautiful Betta. Now you have a wonderful... and beautiful pet, and will have for a long time I bet:)
bob - 2010-02-01
hi, I am Bob. I am keeping betta for many years. There are a little problem with feeding when you first buy them. Try to feed them livefoods, especially live bloodworms, mosquito larvae etc. If it is taking prepaired food, then no problem. My betta, which have reddish blue colouring which did'nt take pellets, but insects and meat pieces. If you want a fancy show from your betta, try to keep a mirror in your tank so that your fish can see it. He will inflate it's gillls, and straighten his fins, looking highly magestic. Betta's are curious and intelligent fishes, try to keep caves in the tank and your betta will sometime hide there, even when there are strong currents, to escape fron the currents.

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  • Elana - 2010-04-06
    i never knew they liked mirrors! very cool thanks for adding that
  • ananya roy - 2013-03-11
    Actually the male betta mistakes his own shadow to be another male betta and displays his 'fighting mood'. The inflation of his gills, and straightening of his fins are all displays of his 'fighting strategy' to shoo off the second betta he sees (here it is his own reflection). Also he is not at all amused with a mirror, he sees it as his opponent and gets stressed.
Bailey - 2003-09-19
I have 3 male Siamese Fighting Fish. Each of them is kept in their own separate fishbowl with gravel and a plastic plant on the bottom. They are fed 3-4 pellets of Betta Bio- Gold per day. They come right up to the edge of the bowl to be fed. I use a turkey baster to change 1/4 of the water once a week, and do a complete water change with treated, conditioned water once a month. All three fish seem to be extremely healthy, with vibrant colors and long, flowing fins. Each fish is over two years old. They are very clean fish, and one of my favorite to keep as pets.

Rahu Bura - 2004-03-30
I used to have a few pairs of female and male bettas. The veil-tailed variety. I thought that if i let the male and females of the same colour mate, the baby bettas would be the same colour as well. However, I noticed within the first few weeks after the eggs hatched, that the baby bettas we infact a different colour from the parent bettas. Also, it is definately true that bettas are one of the more difficult fishes to breed. Firstly, the male has to accept the female and not kill her. After that, you have to worry that you do not keep the male in the tank with the fry for too long. He may start eating them. Lastly, you have to worry about the food to feed the tiny fry. After a few weeks more, you have to seperate the young fry. Not an easy task. It is also true that males cannot be kept together. However, female bettas can be kept together.