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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Betta Fish Can Breathe Air
Bettas have a special organ through which they can breathe in air like human beings. This unique organ, known as the labyrinth, is very crucial and helps the Bettas to survive in slow flowing streams and rice paddies, wherein the oxygen content of the water is comparatively lower.
Betta Fish Are Highly Intelligent (For A Fish)
Bettas score high on the intelligent quotient. With adequate training, they can be taught to go through hoops, jump for food and can also ring bells when hungry. The little pets can also identify their owners and swim towards the tank's front during feeding time.
Betta Fish Are Bred In Many Strains of Colors
The Bettas display a plethora of color patterns and strains, with new colored fish constantly being developed by breeders. The primary color is red, but you will also come across species that are yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, black or purple. There are also a few bettas which come with spots and stripes.
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!
Males Are The Child Raisers In The Family
Yes, it's the duty of the daddy Betta. For 3-4 days after the mating, the fries (baby Bettas) absorb nutrients from their respective yolk sacs. At that time, the males are the caretakers, returning any hatchling that falls from the bubble nest. This guarding activity continues until the fry can swim and feed on its own.