Animal Stories - Siamese fighting fish

Animal-World Information about: Siamese fighting fish

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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Jillian - 2009-03-28
Since I was little my house has always had a betta in it. As of right now there are two, mine and my mothers. I have to tell you, my betta Senior Pescado, is one of the best fish I've ever owned. I bought him in the fall of 2005 and he's never been better. I had him in a small bowl when I first bought him, but have upgraded 5 times since then. He's much larger than other bettas I've had or seen. Soon he'll be celebrating his 4th birthday with me and I still can't believe he's here and so alive and happy!

Peta - 2009-03-22
I got a browny-red veiltail male betta & 3 Julii Corydoras last week. He's s bit greedy it seems & tries to eat or take the Juliis' food, even after he's been fed! He's even picked up the sinking wafers & tried to carry them away! He's also nipping at them a little & following them around. Apparently he thinks he's in charge! I'll have to try & curb of that behaviour! I'll go mad when he does it. I swear he knows what I'm talking about & may learn to stop that! He's a naughty, one that's for sure! Though the Juliis couldn't give a toss about him, unless he's chasing them, then they swim away.

Paula - 2009-01-30
This is a good site!

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.

The Fish Guy - 2008-12-11
I currently have a male veil tail betta in a 2foot, 15 gallon or 60 liter tank (63 actually) with 2 angelfish, 1 dwarf neon gourami, 5 kuhli loaches, 2 cory catfish, 1 black widow tetra fish, 3 goldfish (Shubunkin, comet and a common), 4 guppies, 3 mollies and a tandanus catfish. It is a bit crowded, but I am getting a larger tank. The water is set to 26 C or 78 F. All is well except that one of my angels has turned into a fin nipper and he is being chased around by the other angel. I got my gourami today and my black widow is really interested in him. My betta shows no aggression towards any of my fish. They are truly one of the most beautiful fish. Please keep them in a large enough tank. I'd say that 5 gallons or 20 liters is the absolute minimum for any fish, including bettas. All fish should have a heater in their tank, even goldfish and especially bettas.

suckonmelefone - 2008-12-04
Hello all, I have had a pair of betta splendens for about 8 months now. The male is a silver-grey longfin, spikey, and the female is orange with long fins. They recently started breeding but the male keeps eating the eggs. I have them living in a 40ltr aquarium with 6 rummy-nose tetras and 4 julii catfish, heavily planted with silk plants, temps around 27c and slightly acidic. I feed them granules, frozen bloodworms and freeze dried. They love showing off for each other and never found the male to be aggressive towards anyone. Highly recommended to anyone who likes slow and graceful fish in their tank. PS.. this the best site I've seen, keep up the good work and information coming...

Callum - 2008-11-28
I recently purchased a betta to go in my 20 gallon aquarium. Currently, he is with 5 corydoras catfish and a bristlenose pleco. He is very happy and I found that he is very active. He swims everywhere in the tank and ignores the corydoras. This fish is happiest in at least a 3 gallon (15L) aquarium. I am going to get some type of tetra or danio and if he doesn't bother them, I'll get some different ones.

Shez - 2008-11-17
Betta's can be housed with other fish as long as he and the other fish can get away from each other. In my tank I used to have 2 Chinese algae eaters, an angelfish and a male veil tail Betta. Now I have the same veil tail betta and angelfish along with a kuhli loach, a large white/black skirt tetra, 2 male mollies, a pregnant female molly and a cory cat. They live fine together in 25 C (77 F) water. The betta usually flares up at the angel and the tetra and he is they top dog in the tank even though he is not the biggest fish.

Shez - 2008-11-12
I have had bettas in the past, usually in a small cold water tank that is no hotter than 18 C (64 F), and usually in a 1-8 liter(2 gallons) tank, and all of them looked unhappy. Now I have a veil tail betta in a 28 liter (7 gallon) tank along with an angelfish. The water is set to 26 C (78 F). He and the angel get along swimmingly but sometimes he will flare at the angel but not attack it. He is happily swimming around healthily in his 28 liter tank. I strongly recommend that bettas should be kept in at least 16 liters (4 gallons) and have a temperature range from 24-30 C (76-86 F) to be healthy. They can be kept in cold water but in temperatures under 24 C they won't swim around as much, they won't eat as much, and they are more likely become sick. They should have plants, flake or live foods, and ornaments.


jon - 2008-10-01
My betta looks like the very first pic you have at the top of the page! He's so awesome!