20 Interesting Betta Fish Facts To Better Know Your Betta
Bettas Can Suffer From Constipation
Constipation can be a deadly disease for Betta Fish, leading to an enlarged digestive tract and swim bladder disorders. The common causes are overfeeding and low temperature. A constipated Betta appears bloated and displays difficulty in defecating.
Feeding Your Betta - Brine Shrimp Are A Treat
Frozen brine shrimp in ice cubes is a real delicacy for the Bettas. Place an ice cube in the Bettas' tank or jar and you will find them poking at it, until it melts. On release of the brine shrimp from the melted ice, the Betta will happily being feeding.
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.
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.
The Color Of Siamese Fighting Fish Help Signify Their Health
You can quickly determine if your Betta is healthy and happy by the color of its fins. The brighter and richer the colors are, the healthier your fish is. This is a good rule of thumb for quick diagnosis.