Tropical Fish for Freshwater Aquariums: Betta - Male
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Betta - Male
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Betta - Male (Betta splendens)

Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Assorted, Blue, Red
Diet Carnivore
Water Conditions 75-86° F, KH 0-25, pH 6.0-8.0
Max. Size 2½"
Origin Farm Raised - Thailand
Family Belontiidae
Minimum Tank Size 1/4 Gallon
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Overview

The Betta is without a doubt, one of the most popular freshwater tropical fish. And it is easy to see why. The Betta is, first and foremost, brightly colored in shades of vibrant hues unparalleled among freshwater fish. Second, this member of the Belontiidae family is hardy when kept in ideal water parameters. Finally, despite their seemingly delicate beauty, Betta splendens requires simple care, which makes them a favorite of both beginning and advanced hobbyists.

Betta splendens is often referred to as Fighting Fish or "Siamese" Fighting Fish, since it has been bred over the years to be both colorful and combative, especially towards other males. As such, only one male Betta should be kept in an aquarium. However, smaller, shorter-finned - though often equally as colorful - females may be housed together with caution. The Betta should be housed with peaceful fish that will not nip at the Betta's glorious, flowing fins.

An ideal environment for the Betta is a well-filtered aquarium that holds a steady temperature of between 75° and 86°F. For best care, Betta splendens should be kept singly in aquariums of at least 1/4 gallon. It also prefers a variety of hiding places amongst the foliage of freshwater plants. Therefore, having an appropriately-sized aquarium with a filter and heater is essential for the proper care of these otherwise hardy and colorful freshwater aquarium fish.

The Betta can be bred in the home aquarium. For breeding purposes, males and females can be temporarily housed together. Once laid by the female, the eggs are placed inside a bubblenest 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 take finely chopped hard-boiled egg yolk.

Provide the Betta with a carnivore diet consisting of a quality flake food, frozen or freeze dried bloodworms and brine shrimp.

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

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Customer Testimonials

Dave S Norwich , DE
I have two male Bettas and they are the best fish I own. They swim with the greatest of ease and get along with all my other fish. They add color and tranquility throughout my community tanks!
Kortney U Arion , IA
This is an amazing creature! My Betta has been with me for over a year and is great to wake up to every morning. It is one of the best choices you can make if you decide to get one. Given enough room and plants in their home, they will be the happiest fish you will ever know!
Natasha N Boise , ID
My Betta has been with me for 3-1/2 years and is able to differentiate me from other family members. They are very hardy. Mine enjoys the company of a mystery snail and seems to be healthier since that addition!
Jodi N New Orleans , LA
I purchased a male Betta a few months ago. He is the easiest pet to care for, and surprisingly affectionate. When I put his food in his tank, he will just look at the food until I tap the upper right corner of the tank. He has great manners! I highly recommend Bettas!
Mallori K Warsaw , MO
I have a violet Betta with red fins that is very smart. All in all he is a cool fish to watch and I am hoping to get a female to breed with.
Michelle I Clark , NJ
A truly gorgeous fish! My male Betta has the loveliest blue/violet/teal fins I've ever seen! There's a reason this fish is so overwhelmingly popular. Not a difficult one to keep, either.
Erica J Coplay , PA
I have over 40 Bettas, each with its own funny personality and interesting color. When they are hungry, they open their mouths at you like they are talking.
Joshua W Rapid City , SD
I have 3 beautiful Bettas. They like to show off for me. They aren't hard to take care of. They are awsome.
Kasi A Abilene , TX
The Betta Splendens is an all-together beautiful fish. A fish with a different look for each of its moods. I love the Betta Splendens!
Yvonne T Mt. Morris , MI
I've owned my betta splendon for 3 months he is beautiful magenta with blue tip. He has the longest flowing fins I have ever seen. The smartest fish I own. If you keep their tanks cleaned, temp warm, and give them lots of good food you will have a happy little fish. I use live plants in my bowl for him and he loves to rest inbetween them. He knows me and does a little dance for me. I love him, he's great!
John D Sonora , CA
In my ten gallon tank I housed one male betta and several lush plants. He seemed to really love it in there. He nibbled at the plant branches and swam out to the middle for feedings. After becoming totally acclimated he did not hide much at all. Everybody should try a betta!
Twyla P Austin , TX
A single male betta needs a minimum of a 1 gallon tank and thrives in 5 gallon filtered tanks with a few compatible tank mates and a few true aquarium plants. They are tropical and prefer 78-82 degree slightly brackish water. A happy betta is an attentive pet.
Jacob P Harrisburg , PA
I have a Betta and he is a very nice fish. He lives with two shrimp and is very active:)).
Coleen S Mancelona , MI
Well, I am a newbie with my male betta. He is absolutely so beautiful to look at, and very smart. He recognizes me!! Be sure you read up before you purchase a betta though. I didn't know he needs a filtered water system, and a heater to keep the water between 75-82 degrees. It was only 65 degrees in my house and his tank was so cold he didn't more or eat much. I jumped on the computer and educated myself. He is now very happy after following instructions on how to prepare the water and all for him. I hope he lives a long time. He is my new friend!!
Daniel B Bogart , GA
i have a betta ive had for 6 months hes in my 55 gallon tank and he is the happiest fish i have ever seen i got some long tailed danios and he started his own school
David L Hibbing , MN
I've owned bettas for years. But newest, who is bright sapphire with purple touches, is a wonderful addition in my 55 gallon community tank. I use all live plants, rocks, and sand. He's definitely got a great personality and gets along with everyone else.
Dylan G Keego Harbor , MI
i have a male betta in my 40gal tank. bettas make a great addition to any tank. they are beautiful fish, and are usually very peacful. they might nip at fish with long flowing fins. i think the long fins might look too much like other bettas. but other than that, and the fact that they can not be with other male bettas, they are great fish.
Liz D Montgomery , AL
I owned the most beautiful Betta male. I can tell you they are incredibly smart and interact with you! To house them all alone and in those tiny cups is horrible, I cannot beleive it is legal. If you look at them in those cups, they are all depressed and sickly looking. When you provide this fish a proper size tank and mental stimulation (they should be housed with compatible fish) it deserves they flourish, live longer and are breathtaking!
Courtney M Ellensburg , WA
Great, sturdy fish. My roommates have had one for a year and a half and kept him in a tiny, unheated bowl and fed him the same food every day and he seemed content. Though I did eventually spoil him wit a heater and a 2.5 gallon planted tank, he's still one of the sturdiest fish I've ever seen. He jumped out of his tank one day and I found him later with dry fins and cloudy white eyes. I put him back in the tank, used some medication and did daily water changes and he's back to new. I also have his "replacement" that was never necessary in a ten gallon tank with some ghost shrimp and a couple endlers. He's never picked on the tiny fish or shrimp and just lounges in the java moss or on other plants when he's not doing laps around the tank.
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