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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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Anonymous - 2011-07-04
I'm interested in getting one or two Betta - Siamese Fighting Fish, but I do not have a heater or anything, will this be a problem? My friend gave me her old tank that she had two Siamese Fighting Fish live in, and she never had a heater or light for them, so will I need to get one or not?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-04
    This fish is quite hardy and will adapt to most aquarium conditions. Like all other anabantoids their special 'labyrinth organ' enables them to survive in oxygen-depleted waters. Because of this they can survive in smaller spaces. A minimum sized aquarium for a single specimen would be 3 gallons if kept in a warm room, and with regular maintenance. They will do best however in a larger aquarium, with adequate filtration and a heater, along with regular maintenance. A 10 gallon aquarium is recommended. Provide gentle water circulation and some sturdy aquarium plants. The aquarium should be covered to prevent jumps.

    There is a heat requirement for 75 to 86 degrees. A person can do without a heater/filter etc it is just more difficult. How can you control the temperature? You would wind up cleaning the tank more frequently.

  • Amethyst - 2011-07-31
    Bettas may be OK at 76 or 77 degrees, but need 78 - 82 degrees to really thrive. "Room temperature" water is usually 2 to 5 degrees cooler than the air temperature in the room. Therefore, unless the room where the fish will be living is very warm (over 80 degrees) all the time, you will need a heater, and I strongly recommend an adjustable heater. There are any number of heaters that say they don't need adjustment and will keep the water the right temp. However, they usually raise the water temp a set number of degrees above room temp, and in most rooms the temperatures vary from day to night, etc., therefore your water temp will also vary, which isn't good for your fish. You can get relatively inexpensive heaters at various pet stores and online, and be sure you get an aquarium thermometer, too. Depending on the size of the tank and the wattage of the heater, you may need to set it higher or lower than the degrees marked on the heater to maintain the right temp. One way to check where to set the heater is to turn it on to a higher temp setting than you think you need, then check the thermometer every 30 minutes or so, and when your thermometer reads 79 or 80, turn the heater down just until it turns off (most have a light to let you know when the heater is actually running). The thermostat in the heater will then keep the temp at that level - as the tank cools, it will come back on, and will shut itself off again at the same temp as you turned it off.

    Lights are not necessary, as bettas like fairly low light conditions. If you do have a light, use a low wattage bulb, provide plants and other places where the fish can get out of the light into some shade, and be sure to turn the light off at night. Fish need to sleep, too, and do it best in dark conditions.

    Most importantly, if you get two bettas, they should NOT be housed together. Male bettas will fight to the death if in the same tank. Male bettas will also fight female bettas, and should be in the same tank ONLY when they are ready to breed (something to leave to more experienced betta owners, in my opinion). Female bettas can sometimes do OK in a tank together, but they do best in larger groups (6 or more), and need lots of room, lots of places to hide from each other, lots of surface room so that they can all get to the surface to eat and breathe, etc., and even then some female bettas will be aggressive with the others. Again, in my opinion, best to leave the "sorority" tanks to more experienced aquarists. You can use one tank with a divider that is sturdy enough to keep them apart, and reaches all the way to the lid, as bettas have been known to jump over dividers and attack each other. Also, each betta needs about 3 to 5 gallons of water to really thrive, so if you're going to divide a tank, the tank needs to be at least a 5.5 or 6 gallon, 10g would be even better. There are many very tiny "betta bowls" or "betta tanks" on the market that come with dividers that hold a total of a gallon or less of water. These aren't big enough for one healthy betta without the divider, much less two. If the tank your friend gave you is less than 5 gallons, please only get one betta, or get a bigger tank. One betta in a tank alone will not get lonely, and he will be healthier, interact more with you, and live longer than two bettas in insufficient space.

    Good luck, and have fun with your new friends. Bettas are great fish with very individual personalities.

    Good luck with your fish.
skyler - 2011-05-30
i have a blue and red crowntail named Sly. He has a great personality and love to lay at the bottom om the tank. he comes straight to the top looking for food if you get to close to the tank though.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-30
    Hey good for you. They are very attractive. Are they interesting to watch?
coree - 2011-04-23
I have a crowntail male betta. His name is Nemo the 2. Nemo the 1 died for some odd reason. Cause I clean the bowl 1 a week. I also breed bettas too.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-25
    Sometimes things die and just not your fault. Is he in a bowl? It would probably be better if you put him in a tank with a filtratin system and he had more oxygen in the water and more room to swim around. A bowl looks neat but not really great enviorment for a fish. The bowl is primarily for decoration.
ALAN - 2007-03-25
hi i just want to thank u warmly, because this site help me very much for the reproduction of my fighting fish.

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  • Anonymous - 2011-04-15
    I love beta.
JustMe - 2011-02-02
Hello, I live in Cambodia and have a betta. As you can imagine, no pet store, no source of decent food for him. He won't eat pellets. I have been zapping mosquitoes and dissecting horse flies (he won't eat regular flies) for a month now. He likes mosquito larvae when I can find them. However, this is very time consuming. Any suggestions or recommendation as to an alternative food source or how many mosquitoes he needs per day, would be appreciated. I don't relish the thought of breeding mosquitoes on purpose. What about baby guppies?

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  • Brody L - 2011-04-05
    Hi JustMe,
    Baby guppies would definitely work, however guppies grow up to be very beautiful, so if you can get your hands on some feeder fish (like White Cloud Minnows) they would be the better option. But otherwise baby guppies would work.
Pauline - 2011-01-31
My betta has a very swollen belly. I have been feeding peas because I thought he may be constipated. He pooed and still has a huge belly. I have him isolated in a cup in the aquarium and have been feeding him frozen bloodworms. Still very swollen. I hate to see him this way. Any answers?

lisa - 2010-04-11
HI, I've had bettas all my life. I discovered them when I was eight years old. I've always had trouble with the food in the past. My bettas never liked the freezed dried worms as much as they've liked the Shrimp and Mosquito larva. I used to keep a frozen shrimp in my freezer to feed my betta. I would break off a sliver at a time and dangle it above the water. My betta would jump out of the water and snatch it off my finger. It was like having a little mini shamu living in my home. The betta I have now I got from a pet store. It happened to be the ugliest one I found. Its color is yellow, and it's not very pretty, But its been living now for four years. We call him banana. I found that bettas are susceptible to the cold. And its important not to let the water get too cold during the winter months. I've always had trouble keeping them through till january.

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  • Steve - 2011-01-30
    Sounds to me like you would do well to put a heater in your tank. Bettas like water temperatures up to 80 deg. f.
Amiene Rev - 2009-10-11
I bred Giant Bettas, size mostly range from 3 inches to 4 inches, some are 5 inches. There are problem with my Bettas, when I put smaller Betta to breed with the giant, the result will be very sad. From now on I can only breed the large male Betta with other large female Betta.

My green and blue Giant Betta and the Butterfly Blue White Betta are now traveling to southern place in my country, where I live. One is 4 inches, while other is 3 inches half. They both are 5 months old.

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  • Byron - 2010-02-22
    Hi Emanuel, I to have attempted to breed a large (3") female with a regular (2") male, but was not successful. I have tried to acquire a large male for her, because I really would like to breed the large/Giant size bettas. Do you know where I might be able to get some large males? I have searched the internet but cannot find any anywhere, only regular size bettas.
  • sammitazza - 2010-06-19
    I have 2 they are the best fish I have ever known!
  • datsps3 - 2010-12-16
    Hey I'm breeding a short fin plakat at the moment. Everything was going well besides the fact that the majority of them died after hatching. I have 4 short fin plakats and 6 longfins, halfmoons, crowntails and normal ones. Do you have any pics of vids of your giant bettas? Very keen on seeing them =]
kathleen - 2010-10-22
Hello my name is Kathleen I have brought a female fighter or so I was told but I'm not sure how to really tell because it looks a lot different to the male one that I already have ...but my brother tells me that the other one I brought to be his girlfriend is really a boy... so what do I look for in it's fins? The new one which is meant to be a female has shorter fins and it is deal in color... but it has a point in it this what makes it a male? I look forward to an answer soon thanks xx

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  • Emily - 2010-12-02
    How you can tell from one another is the males have very long back fins and the females do not! Females don't have the big back fins as males do.
quenne - 2010-11-24
Hi I'm quenne. I have my fighting fish. His name is nemo but my sis call it nemoy...I just bought it last week and I don't know more bout them...I guess it's a male cause it blows a it okay that every other day I change the water? Cause the food and the bubbles makes it look like dirty. Thnx for the answer.,.