Different types of betta fish are easy to take care of; they can live in small glass betta bowls. Because fish do not require a vast aquarium housing, they are an animal suitable for small spaces and younger children. Choosing a Betta is about deciding which type of Betta you prefer. Both varieties of fresh and salt water exist but opting for a saltwater Betta will require a saltwater aquarium, making care more expensive and difficult.
The Betta Splendens or better known as the Fighter or Siam fighter is one of the iconic fish of the freshwater aquarium. Often sold in stores in small tanks of less than a liter, it certainly accommodates a small volume but you must still provide an aquarium of 20 liters minimum to avid torturing the fish. The males are simply beautiful and their majestic wings can sport diverse colors. Many successive selections have produced a prodigious quantity of different varieties differing from each other not the appearance of the wing.
Crown Tail Betta
Betta’s Tail Crown, one of two varieties, is a freshwater Betta known for its tail. The tail extends across the entire back of the fish, making the caudal fin look like a wreath that floats and waves as it swims. It can be housed in fishbowls or aquariums. Crown Tails are carnivorous and must be kept separate from other fish to avoid fighting; hence Betta’s nickname, which is “Siamese Fighting Fish.” This fish is aggressive and needs to be housed alone unless paired with another for breeding. Betta Splendens are the most colorful Betta fish available.
Double Tail Betta
The most noticeable aspect of a Tail Betta Twin is the distinct fin tail. The tail is cut in half, making the Betta seem to have almost two tails. The split tail fans still on and is wide across the back of the fish. Double Tail Betta fish live in fresh water, are carnivorous and can be limited to small spaces. This type of Betta can grow up to three inches in length. Due to the aggressive nature of the fish, only one male Double Tail Betta can be kept in one tank at a time. Blood worms and brine shrimp can be fed to the Betta Twin tail.
Betta Coccina, a type of smaller Betta, are not as aggressive as other Bettas. Due to the more peaceful nature of Betta Coccina, this variety can be housed in pairs in the same space. Betta Coccina prefer to live and hide in plants and dark spaces, which requires a larger aquarium and lots of hiding places for fish. The slimmer body and tail make Betta Coccina not as big as other types of Betta. This fish is usually red and brown with blue eyes.
Betta Picta are the easiest type of Betta. because they are not as aggressive as other varieties, more than one pair of Betta Picta can be housed together, provided the aquarium is large enough for the Betta to swim and stay active. This Betta prefers a vegetative environment, as fish like to hide and swim among plants. Coloring for Betta Picta is usually dull gray or brown.
Recognizable by a back-shaped, fin-shaped heart, the Betta Bellica variety is a type of Betta that is very striking in its appearance as it moves through an aquarium or bowl. A distinctive feature of Betta Bellica, perceptible in its natural environment, is the ability of the fish to jump out of the water to catch food. This is in contrast to the slower moving Betta splendens. Duller of color compared to other Betta of this variety is also suitable for large aquariums housing multiple fish.
Betta is not a stirring fish, to say the least. It spends most of its time swimming. It is for this reason that a nano aquarium of about twenty liters is enough. Filtration must be sufficient to ensure a minimum water quality but it must never cause a current in the tank. You must avoid compelling the Betta to perpetually fight against the current otherwise it die of exhaustion. It is necessary to imagine that its long wing strongly handicaps it when swimming.
It is always advisable to keep your Bettas in a specific aquarium. Everyone knows the famous fighting fish, even non passionate aquarium enthusiasts for his famous fights between males. In Asia, these clashes are still the subject of betting and attract a large crowd.
In many cases, cohabitation with other fish species is also problematic. Moreover, you cannot completely rely on other people’s experiences because it also depends on the character of the male that yu have and the conditions in which it lives. What is certain is that you must avoid any species with a wing like the male Guppy. It will consider the latter as a rival and will not hesitate to attack it.
It is not advisable to keep the fish in a high water level especially if is a male with a large sail. The fish would exhaust itself trying to rise to the surface to build its nest or to breathe on the surface (labyrinthine). It is advisable to keep it in a closed aquarium, because even if the cases are rather rare, it happens that it may fall out of the aquarium. In the wild, it leaps out of the water to swallow flying insects.
You must be careful not to introduce decoration or stones with sharp edges that can damage or completely tear the fins of the Betta. This species likes acid waters with a pH that must be below seven ideally. The ideal total hardness is around 10. It is necessary to aim for an optimum temperature of 25 degrees and avoid to go below because ultimately it weakens the Betta and exposes it to diseases.
The reproduction of the Betta is considered easy to achieve in aquariums. You must offer it a tray adapted to its body so that it feels good. Having a breeding pair and offering them a healthy and varied diet with live prey are the secrets of successful breeding. The male will then begin to charm female by doing a nuptial dance around her.