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.
The Males Of The Species Are Extremely Territorial
Ironically the male Betta fish behave in an extremely alpha way when around other aggresive fish of any kind, in particular other Betta males. They are highly territorial and have been known to fight until they kill, or are killed, by their opponents in order to protect their territory. This is the reason Bettas are often placed in secluded tanks at pet stores, or at the most with other, more docile fish - and you'll never find two Betta males in the same fish tank.
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.
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.