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Bettas can and sometimes do jump right out of the water, and there's not always a happy ending when their owners find them. If your betta escapes his tank, put him back in as soon as you find him, give him time to rehydrate and see if he's able to survive. Hobby betta breeders have selectively bred various mutations of betta splendens to create an incredible array of bettas in different colors, patterns and fin types.

Some bettas have spots like a Dalmatian while others have a marble pattern on their body and fins. Some even have dragon scales that are overlaid with white, copper or even platinum. There are bettas with crowntails, half-moon tails, and even double tails. There's just no telling what kind of fascinating creature might turn up in the next batch of fry.

When you buy a betta in a pet store, you may see some with fancy names such as bumble bee, rosetail, or koi. These fish are marketed as different types of betta fish but in fact they are simply color variations that can be found in many varieties. Another "type" is the dragon scale betta which is actually a reference to the thick white scales and not to a specific type of betta.

Bettas get their name from Dr. Theodore Cantor, who received some fish from the King of Siam in Cantor began to breed the fish and gave them the scientific name Macropodus pugnax as in "pugnacious" for their aggressive nature. However, he learned that this name was already taken by a different breed of fish and so he changed the name to Betta splendens which means beautiful warrior after a warrior tribe in ancient Asia known as the Bettah.

In Thailand, they are known as plakat biting fish in Thai. Some of the most common types of betta tails are the veiltail, combtail, crown tail, delta, super delta, double tail, half moon, over half moon, half-sun, plakat, rosetail, feathertail, round tail, spadetail, and dumbo ear. Some of these are not really types but color and size variations. Bettas kept in small bowls will have a shorter lifespan compared to bettas kept in filtered tanks.

While there is a large variety of small, unfiltered and unheated tanks sold in pet stores that have lovely colors and designs, these are actually an unhealthy habitat for the fish. Many betta lovers and animal trainers enjoy training bettas to do tricks, such as jumping out of the water to touch your finger or get food, swimming through a hoop in their tank, and targeting your finger or a stick. Bettas are trained using food or using a pen light combined with food, just like dogs that are clicker-trained. The light replaces the clicker. Bettas, like most fish, sleep every day. Cedric jackson: If they have been in the same tank for about a month and havent been breeding yet then they probably won't becasue usaly if you put a female with a male in the same tank it would take about an hour or two for them to start breeding.

It shouldnt take a month. Hey guys. I just bought a new betta fish. His name is Sanjay. I had him for like several weeks. He is a veil tail betta and his is doing fine. Hey guys just got a new Betta fish about a month ago and his name is Ian. He's so pretty and he really likes the things I do according to this website. Just saying. I have a veil tail betta and he's been with me for like 6 months and recently a month back i got him a female he chases her bu times but it seems like they are getting along a little now do you think the will breed?

Anastasia: Is your fish new? If he is its's normal for your new betta to not eat for a few days but if he's not new then he's probably sick. Stacy: If he starts to really dislike it then i'd take it out but it's not a harm to him. The only reason he's not liking it is either hes not used to it or it's his personallity but theres nothing to worry about.

Hey everyone I'm new to the betta fish owner world. Wanted to say hi and let you know I got a pretty handsome guy I've named Rule. Today I got him a gallon tank and a heater for it. He seems to dislike the air filter. Is this normal? Katelyn: What do you mean by rest on the coral? Do you mean he lays on his side on the coral or is just near it and doesn't move?

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I just got a betta today and ive noticed that he kinda rests him self on the reef i got him every once and a while is that normal? Elizabeth Adams: What pet store did you get it from? If it's a local owned pet store it sometimes does not say on the cup you got it in, but if its not a local owned pet store like Petsmart ot Petco it should say what breed they are and what gender they are on the cup.

And if its from a local owned pet store than my geuss would be to go to the pet store that you got it from and ask them yourself. If no one can answer you should probably search it up on google. I have had my betta fish for 8 months and I thought he was a male he's yellow, blue and white but my friend thinks he is a female how do you know if they are male or female?

Andrea: From my experience, yes fish bowls are fine. Just remember to keep the decorations low. Is your betta small or fully grown? And what type is it?? Yes, fish bowls are okay if they still have room for swimming, eating, exploring, and showing off! Just got an adorable male betta and his name is Blaze. He has an adorable little ducky that he loves.

Lilly, if your fish is not eating, check your water temperature. If the fish is cold he will eat almost nothing and can easuly get sick and die. And I'm not saying that the small cups at the pet store are not cruel but the betta seem to be fine in them. Angelique: For my first betta I got her a 1 gallon tank But now I have two bettas that share a half gallon tank with of course a divider. But if you think that small cup is cruel at the pet store then maybe get your betta a gallon tank. Bur honestly my full grown betta and my baby betta are fine sharing the half gallon tank.

Angelique: you are absoloutley right. And BTW, I wish you the best with you and your little friend! Urrm I want to get a betta and just wanted to know what size tank should I get because the cups they keep them in the petstore is cruel. Thank you so much Karen! I will try my hardest to figure everything out! Thanks again for the tips! Do people do that?

Do they bet on it like dog fights or cock fights? Just curious.


I think making any animal, or anything really, fight is awful I do not care if you think it is "just a Fish", because you are wrong. Bettas are so much more, just like a dog with feelings and a personality. Lily- has anyone answered your questions yet? And, Is youbbetta eating yet? Whenever that has happened with an intelligent fish like the Betta, I always pulled up a chair and talked to them, and then start checking thesituation out.

Be observant. Is the water warm enough for him, or is it how he likes it? Is he pressed, maybe his tank is dirty, etc. Do your best to figure it out, it's all you can do, really. Keep offering food, and removit if it's not consumed. Tatia: sounds like your Betta may have ICK. Hey guys i know that this is a betta fish website but my african cichlid is pregnet and i just wanted to tell y'all.

I love my Betta.

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He has his own personality, not like those flitty little neon fish in the big tank. They are stupid. He is intelligent. I know they do. I think they NEED to lay on it, quite frankly. Don't over feed please. Take them with you from room to room. Mine has a tank carrier, I made up, and i just pp the other stuff right out if the tank in one piece, if need be, because they're strapped together with plastic ties, along with the wires, and I have it plugged into a dedicate power strip.

Makes turning them on and off a lot easier. He wants to get big, I think, and yes, he likes his water warm. He stares a me and does different things. He changes his color back and forth and his front flips just go a mile a minute when I get close to him. BUT I do not care. He obviously needs me to talk to him, because after I do he eats, does his happy funky twirl swim thing, and stares at me gleefully.

I caught him watching TV with me one night, peeking around his blanket.!! Too funny! My male Betta seems to not be eating. He shows no signs of disease and I've tried multiple different food options. Please help!!! Hey Everybody! Sorry I haven't been on for a while! Just here to tell everyone that I got a new Betta. His name is Haku like from the movie Spirited Away and is pink,blue and white.


He is really pretty and very large, around 2 inches. Can you help me please. My female betta fish has some white cotton like all over body. How can I help? I'm pet sitting this entire weekend and it was supposed to only be two dogs.

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Last minute, I was Informed about needing to feed the fish. I know absolutely nothing about fish, but I know this would be a problem.. Getting a hold of the owner is next to impossible I've been trying for hours. So I knew I needed to empty that food out immediately. I used a small laddle to put the fish into a delegate container with new water, my boyfriend said cold tap water is fine but now that I'm researching it, i see that it's not! Thanks but Blue berry is doing much better now that i am not feeding him dry food or any for that matter he is not floating weird and i think he will be back to normal in no time THANKS!

I have many betta fish, but the one I have now just lays up at the top, dose nothing it's almost like he is dead but he is not, is there a thing I can do to make him more active? He has a pump and a plant in his tank but he just lays at the top??? Please help. Hey i know that you told me to use a forth of a pea but can i use a soy bean if that is okay i don't have pease or will the bean kill it? Only a quarter of it though. If it doesnt work try it again and then if it doesnt work again try and find a person at a pet store that can help.

Don't go to Petsmart of Petco, most of their employees don't know anything about fish and their needs. Is he moving at all? I need help I don't know whats wrong with my fish he keeps floating to the top of the tank on his side and try's to go back down like normal but it's like gravity is not working. MYA: Siamese fighting fish will only attack other beta fish or fish that are a lot smaller or bigger than it.

Since goldfish are the same size as the beta, beta won't eat goldfish. Hi KM, got your message. Would never pass it on but i understand your logic about security. Anyways Sharkey is back on top as usual. He is such a trooper I cannot believe it. He was so skitsy it was scary. I have only been putting close to 2gallons of water in tank now, so I can keep it warmer also. He loves it warm. I have a soft blanket wrapped around the heating pad to keep him warm,.

How is your fish doing? Weird how they can all be so different huh??? Sharkey is now in the stage of staring at himself in the mirrored sides of tank, flaring up, i am sure he thinks he is seeing other males. Glad to hear back from you. Continue to write and let me know how yours are. Sorry to hear Sharkey isnt doing well.. Please let me know how its going.

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I got you rmessage, but hesitate to post my email here for privacy. Sending you both love and luck! Your betta may or may not like it because of there personality. But your betta shouldn't die from an air pump. I've seen many people that own betta that have an air pump in there tank and haven't died. It could cause stress depending on your betta's personalitty. Will beta fish die if you hair an air pump in the water with them? I put it in there for my kuhli loach and my aunt just told me that my betta-fish would die if I kept the air pump going, I'm super scared because I love my little sam-sams and don't want him to die :' Please help me!!!

But if in my opinion animals are always worth it. If it doesn't work out at least you'll know you tried if it doesn't work out and you'll know you tried your best instead of feeling guilty. Ive had this betta for almost two years. For the last couple months hes been swimming less and now his fins are gone. Hes floating vertical in the tank but still breathing from the surface only.

Girlfriend is having a fit because we keep pretty good care of it. Is this fish a lost cause or worth the money she wants to spend on medicine and stuff? MoonLight is fine now she just needed to ajust. But not as bad. That might be the trouble then. Try covering the holes with so that she can't see your other fish.

I had this problem a little while ago, and changing the divider helped. If you want your gold fish to die then go ahead put the Betta with them. I don't think that it's a good idea to do that Mya. Can someone please help me! It's been a day straight without MoonLight not flaring. She flared once yesterday and now her fins and tail won't go down! Isn't it bad for them to flare that much?

I am extremely worried. Will she die if she does it too much? Whats wrong with my fish? MoonLight won't stop flaring and i mean she flared once and now her tail and fins won't come down. I'm really worried. Is it true the oil from your hands can effect the betta fishes water and get it sick? My mom told me not to put my hand in the tank when she touched it 10 times to clean out tank, will that effect the fish? Its been a week since that happened but i am wanting to know if it will die sooner CARA: Thats ok.

I had a Betta that never made a bubble nest in the year that i had him. It some times just depends on their personality. Although MoonLight is a baby female. CARA: Don't worry, they normally only make bubble nests when theres a female beta around although it does depend on there personality. My betta , Jupitar , hasn't made a bubblenest yet and this is the 3rd day I've had him. Should i be concerned with his health or should i let him settle a little bit more? By the way the part on this website about how they will fight each other is incorrect, female betta's can live in groups along a.

I just got my second betta yesterday and I bought a cute little tank with a wall between them. And when Batgurl mentioned her betta, Moonbeam , it reminded me of MoonLight. She was my first betta and she is finally eating! I just had to change her food to bloodworms instead of " My Betta " which is what i used to have. This website has helped me learn alot for my bettas so thanks for all of you who come here to help. My Betta fish, Moonbeam, is my favorite animal ever! I put my favorite bracelet around the top of his tank i love him so much.

But he has this weird kinda discolored bump on his top fin. It doesn't seem to be disrupting his swimming or anything I've never encountered some thing like that, sorry. Hope Sharky gets better! I am going to get another beta fish soon and i am super exited! Hi everyone. Havent been on for a while and I cant believe I even have to write this but: Sharkey was doing splendid and then two nights ago he started acting super super weird. He acted like he was super meth'd out or something. He was a nervous wreck.

I have no idea at all what the heck happened. So yesterday I put him back into his 1gal bowl to give him security but then I noticed below his eyes by nose, the scales were scraped off and it was like raw bloody looking and he had scraped some off his back too. I dont know what the heck is his deal but I will tell you I am truly not going to go thru an era of him being sick again.

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He wants his water very warm, 80, so i constantly am worrying about keeping the heating pad on most of the night, and i keep the pooh and debris off the bottom. I was told dont feed him and then I just have , as long as he eats it right away and I feel like maybe eating will calm him down also. He does not have the ick for sure, does anyone else have any ideas.

I know I know he needs mental accessment. He acts buck crazy right now. She keeps swimming up to the top of the tank and opening her mouth so i drop some food in there but she juts swims away. Is it normal to have your new betta not eat? It's only been 1 day since i got her and she hasn't eat a bit. Should i be worried? Neither one of my bettas makes bubble nests.

I have a male betta fish and I was wondering why he doesn't make a bubble nests can someone please answer my question. Dixie: Warning! One of my betas passed away from Dropsy, which is incurable, and started to show that kind of symptom. I had a betta fish that was fine as long as the other fish didn't bully him. Goldfish tend to be bully's i have noticed I give Sharkey one pellet around noon, when the cat and mom have lunch. The thing about the food is that if they spit it out and when they pooh it goes to the bottom and if not discarded soon they both become poisonous and will make the fish sick within a day or so.

Mine was teeny tiny when we got him, it took him mths to get bigger and feel braver in a 3gal moon shaped tank. I feel alot depends on the fish, they seem to be alot like people in the way that they are all different. Its so sad isnt it?? I feel like i should be carrying him with me everywhere, they really want your attention dont they??

I have convinced? So here i am explaining to my cat how much more the fish's life is than even hers M betta fish has started acting funny. He doesn't swim as much and sits on his heater all the time. The thermometer says He seems to go a time where he likes his food to not liking it and refusing to eat. Is something wrong with him? Somedays just go by and I dont get online. I love my Sharkey I feel bad that he cant like sit next to me on my couch ya know??? He always wants me to pay attention to him That is one thing you have to watch They want to eat all the time, like little kids But I have the pellets and I will give him one, only one when I get up and feed the cat and I get my cereal.

I also bought dried bloodworms which is good for their color and health, but I only give him a few strands every couple days. I had bought a turkey baster during november to suck stuff up from the bottom. I couldnt think of anything else to use and since then I have seen other people talk of using them also. But everyday I check the bottom for food they drop or pooh Plus the water being cool made him get the ICK also.

Did you read that I keep a heating pad around his tank to keep it warm and I also cover him at night with a blanket to keep him warm and let him know its night night time. I know I am weird but hey my kids grew up and dont need me anymore so i had to find other things to take care of. Thanks for writing Kathleen. Victoria- are you still active on this site? I had to register and tell you how insightful, cute and touching your insights were to owning a betta fish. Thank you for your sweet, humble and sincere remarks about owning to to being a pet owner, and the sublime joys of owning a little finned fish.

MIKE what is a Corydora???? Man that is alot of work for real. The way you described how they got along after 10 min reminds me of two 3rd grade boys standing off to each other and then become friends instead right???? Let me know ok? I have noticed in the last week that Sharkey is kinda marking his spot by his bonsai tree, fake, he poops right by it. I was told by many fish owners that you always turn the light off at the same time every night.

Since he is in the living room with me, so i cover him with a pretty towel, also helps keep him warm since I cannot live without a fan running, winter or not. But the petstore also told me to make sure they are accustomed to the ritual of knowing the diff between day and night. Think where they came from they were outside and had day and night. It also gives them the time to be calm, de-stress and just chill which is healthy for us all right??? What a woosie I am huh? But it is NOT good to feed them alot. I have read many reports about overfeeding them. He gets one pellet late afternoon and then I give him strings of dried bloodworms.

The reason I give him those also right now is to help build back up his strength and color that he lost when sick. Just in the last week he started with the bubbles but he did do them throughout the time when he is covered and the water is a bit cooler at night. I read too that they make them not only for the babies but when they are happy. Once a week I clean the whole tank, put him in a small coffee pot from a machine, the glass ones My son told me you have to be careful NOT to take out all of their water.

It has some of their "essence" ya know??? Their good bacteria and etc. I clean the rocks, the fake plant, the heater, the filter and the tank. It is sooooo pretty and shiny when all cleaned. So he goes to every thing in the tank to check it out, many times I move things around and he has to investigate everything. Hes funny. Most people know very little about the nature and characteristic of these multi-colored fish. Here are 20 interesting facts about Betta fish that will make you love and appreciate them, and perhaps even want to own some of your own.

If you enjoy this list you might enjoy learning about some of the weirdest animals in the world. And no, the Betta isn't one of them! Upturned Mouth Structure. A fish's lifestyle is greatly determined by the positioning of its mouth. Downward-facing mouths, such as those found on Catfish and other bottom-dwelling fish, enable them to feed near the ground, from sand, rock surfaces, etc.

Betta fish have upturned mouths, a position known as the 'superior mouth' when it comes to fish. It enables them to efficiently feed near the water's surface, allowing them to catch mosquito larvae and small insects from the floating vegetation. Preparing the space for the arriving eggs is the responsibility of the male Betta.