20 Interesting Betta Fish Facts To Better Know Your Betta
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.
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.
Male Bettas Often Flare At Each Other To Establish Dominance
When Bettas feel threatened they tend to flare by sticking out their gill covers and letting out the operculum, which looks like a big, black beard. This is their way of establishing dominance, but takes a big toll on the fish. Usually it's the males who flare, but the females of the species have been known to flare up as well when threatened.
Siamese Fighting Fish Can Live Up To 9 Years, In Optimal Conditions
Although on average Bettas live around 2-3 years, they can live as long as 9 years when the water conditions are good and they go through regular exercise. This is an extremely long life span compared to other fish species.