20 Interesting Betta Fish Facts To Better Know Your Betta
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 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.
Feeding Your Betta - Frequent Meals Are Better
Your Bettas must be fed with small but frequent meals. Their stomach size is equal to that of an eyeball and the best feeding schedule is to offer it food twice a day. Pet Bettas literally beg for food when they see anybody nearby.
Betta Fish Taste With Their Fins
The delicate fins of the Bettas have some muscles, nerve cells and taste buds. This enables the Bettas to taste food or any other object with their fins.
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.