Tropical Fish for Freshwater Aquariums: Double Tail Betta, Male
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Double Tail Betta, Male
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Double Tail Betta, Male (Betta splendens)

Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Assorted
Diet Carnivore
Water Conditions 75-86° F, KH 0-25, pH 6.0-8.0
Max. Size 3"
Origin Captive-Bred
Family Belontiidae
Minimum Tank Size 1/4 Gallon
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Overview

The Double Tail Mixed Colors Male Betta is a variety of Betta with an unusual tail type that differentiates it from other Bettas. The caudal or tail fin of the Double Tail Betta is split all the way to the base into two equal lobes to form two distinct tails. The Double Tail Betta has been bred over the years to achieve this tail fin type and is available in a remarkable variety of colors, making each individual a unique living piece of art.

The Double Tail Betta shares the same care requirements as other Betta splendens varieties. As such, only one male Betta should be kept in an aquarium. However, the smaller, shorter-finned females may be housed together with caution. If kept in a community aquarium, the Double Tail Betta should be housed with peaceful fish that will not nip at the Betta's glorious, flowing fins.

The ideal environment for the Double Tail Betta is a well-filtered and heated aquarium that maintains a stable temperature between 75° and 86°F. Though other varieties of Bettas are often sold in small bowls in department stores, for the best care, the Double Tail Betta should be kept singly in aquariums of at least 1/4 gallon. The Double Tail Betta also prefers a variety of hiding places amongst the foliage of freshwater plants. Therefore, having a well aquascaped and appropriately-sized aquarium with a filter and heater is essential for the proper care of these otherwise hardy and colorful freshwater aquarium fish.

For breeding purposes, male and female Double Tail Bettas can be temporarily housed together. Once the female lays the eggs, the eggs are placed inside a bubble nest and tended by the male Betta. Fry appear in about 24 hours and must be fed very small food initially, such as crushed or powdered flakes and newly hatched brine shrimp. Fry will also accept finely chopped hard-boiled egg yolk.

The Double Tail Betta is a carnivore and its diet should consist of a quality flake food, pelleted Betta diet, frozen or freeze-dried Bloodworms and Brine Shrimp.

Approximate Purchase Size:1-3/4" – 2-1/4"

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