20 Interesting Betta Fish Facts To Better Know Your Betta
Initially discovered in Southeast Asia and originally inhabiting flood plains, drainage ditches and rice paddies, the beautifully colored Betta fish is often kept as an aesthetic decoration in homes and offices. Also known as the Siamese fighting fish and 'The Jewel of the Orient', they are quite popular as aquarium pets, and require rather low maintenance and care. Most people know very little about the nature and characteristic of these multi-colored fish. Here are 20 interesting facts about Betta fish that will make you love and appreciate them, and perhaps even want to own some of your own.
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The Warrior 'Bettah'
Betta fish derived their name from an ancient warrior group from Thailand, and were given the name in the 1800s once they became popular for their fighting skills. In those times Betta fish fights were a popular sport - so popular, in fact, that the King of Siam decided to have them regulated and taxed. Bets were placed on the bravery of the Betta fish during fights rather then on the damage inflicted.
Wild Betta Fish Are Very Different From The Household Variety
Wild Bettas are usually a dull brown color and their dorsal stripes are darker then their household counterparts. They're all about survival in hostile environments, and so their colors help them camouflage themselves from predators. The Bettas are native to the Mekong Basin, flowing through Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. They are usually found in shallow, freshwater areas like ponds and streams.
Bettas Are Carnivorous In Nature
Generally, Betta fish are carnivores (or, to be more exact, insectivores). They prefer to feed on insect larvae, worms, fish pellet and flakes. They also feed on eggs of insects occasionally. In general, if you see Bettas feeding off of plant roots and such, it means they're very hungry and unable to find the insects they crave for.
The Betta Courtship Ritual Is Aggressive
This species of fishes lay eggs and go for an amazing courtship which looks more or less like a battle between the male and the female. This happens because before the actual courtship takes place, the female and the male will fight for the same territory. You might call this a real battle of the sexes!
Bettas Can Be Fooled By Mirrors, Believing Their Reflection To Be a Rival
If you place a mirror in front of a Betta, it will see its own reflection and think it to be a rival. Instantly it will go on a fighting spree, waving fins and moving about. Once the mirror is taken away, the Betta will feel triumphant, thinking that the fight has been won.