The beautiful betta introduced many to the joys of owning fish. Because of their ability to survive in low-oxygen water conditions, bettas are hardy fish that can thrive in conditions that would kill other fish. This makes them a good fish for beginners. If you’re a beginner or thinking about buying a fish tank, consider why bettas are a great choice…
- There are 65 species of betta. The most common is the B. splendens, also known as the Siamese fighting fish.
- They are tropical fish found in the waters of Southeast Asia, including rice paddies and slow-moving streams.
- With the proper care, bettas can live up to five years or more.
- Bettas are meat eaters and need a high-protein diet. Since they have small appetites, feeding once a day is enough.
- Although bettas can coexist with other fish, male bettas or Siamese fighting fish are very territorial and may react negatively to other fish.
- Bettas are calm water fish and should be kept in a tank with a filter that won’t produce too much current, making it harder for them to swim.
- You may have seen a betta vase-a vase in which a betta lives under and among the roots of a plant in water. These vases have become popular and may seem attractive, but they’re not the best environment for any type of fish.