Betta splendens

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Betta (Siamese fighting fish)
A blue veiltail male.
female
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Osphronemidae
Genus: Betta
Species: B. splendens
Binomial name
Betta splendens
Regan, 1910

Betta splendens, also called the Siamese Fighting Fish is a species of gourami commonly kept in aquariums. The Betta comes from Thailand, and lives naturally in large shallow rice fields in Thailand. The Betta has been bred to have large and color fins. These fish are rather aggressive towards other fish.

Other names for this fish are:

  • Siamese Fighting Fish
  • Fighting Fish
  • Plakad or Plakat
  • Betta
  • Betta Fish

Appearance[change | change source]

Males appear more colorful and tend to have larger fins than the females. Males come in all sorts of color patterns and fin types. Female Bettas have a more pointy shape at their stomachs. A popular fin type is the veiltail, which has long droopy fins resembling a dress. Red and Blue are the most common colors in betta fish. White, Black, and Green bettas are considered rare by some.

How they behave[change | change source]

The males will fight each other and can not be put together. They will also nip (bite) the fins of some fish. The females sometimes fight but can be kept in groups. Though they can be kept with some species that do not look like the betta, such as the cory cat fish.