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Siamese Fighting Fish (Betta splendens)


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Common Name: Siamese Fighting Fish
Proper Name: Betta splendens
Category: Labyrinth Fish
Temperature: 24 - 29 C
Temperament Peaceful
Maximum Size: 7 cm
 
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Male Bettas are hard-wired to fight each other. In nature, it rarely results in death, because one will always flee the other. In a tank, no matter how big, there is no place to run and even if one manages to evade/hide from the other, living with such stress can never be good and will usually shorten the fish's life. Bettas usually make good community fish as long as there are not other male Bettas, and you should also avoid their relatives, such as Gouramis, and other long-finned fish, such as fancy-tailed guppies.
 
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We have a Siamese fighter, and his name is Paint, he is my 4th Siamese fighter, and I am still having issues with him. Like all of your fish, he has personality too, and loves to hear his name, strange, water and all, but if you call him, he will come out from his car, and wave his body at you. We love him alot but he is dealing with Bloat, and has been floating for a week now, he is starting to get tired of not being able to get to the bottom of the tank, and for all the research and pet store visits here, we have no real answer to what is wrong with him. We have changed the water as you are supposed to, and now have him on antibiotics in hopes that will cure him. we have changed his food to less protein and all that stops that you can take(alot to list) but I am looking for more suggestions and more information on this so that we might save him from a fate unspeakable. there has been alot of issue of high ammonia levels, and the ph will shoot up in hours, a limestone rock is now in the tank to help stabilize that, and it seems to be working, but the bloating and floating are really getting to Paint, and we fear ,.. Well ya know, anyone able to help with more information that we may have missed?
 
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these fish are hardy and beautiful. they can also be bred easily. place 2 together, wait for a few days, remove the female, when fry can swim: remove the male and feed infusoria or microworms or vinegar eels or atison's betta starter. they will grow and the young fry are peaceful and home-bred fish often outlive fish that were bred in fish farms and shipped all over the world.
 
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i have a blue male siamese fighting fish named Larry. he was my first fish, and has been alive for about two and a half years. in the past month i added him to my community tank consisting of one molly, a rubber lip pleco, a pea puffer, and an african dwarf frog. i have heard that these fish are good community fish, as long as they are the only male betta in the tank, but he was really mean to the molly, tried to eat the puffer (still a baby though), and was unsure wether he wanted to try and eat the frog or not. i dont think he knew the pleco existed. i decided to remove him because he was being a neusance.
 
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the siamese fighting fish is the best fish ever. they are pretty, they are tolerant in a community tank. they are EXTREMELY hardy, able to handle rises and declines in temperature, ph, toxins, and cloudy water. i believe they are the best fish for a beginner who does not want to make a hobby of raising fish. i suggest though, that you only add them to a community tank if you have some experience and/or you DO intend to make a hobby of owning pet fish.
 
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These are beautiful fish, especially the purple coloured ones. I bred with 2 males and 5 females in a 60gal tank, which went *swimmingly*. I find they are easier to keep in groups than on thier own, and when I moved one of the females into a separate tank, it seemed to hae died of loneliness. They also seemed to enjoy snacking on lettuce, which I found strange.
 
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[CENTER][FONT="Arial"] I love Bettas. I have only 1 right now, Malachai a red VT (Veiltail) who has his own 5gal. They have great little personalitys - and I am currently training him to swim through a hoop for food. Some Bettas will accept tankmates, others will rip them to shreds! These fish are beautiful, and if you have a spare tank smaller than 10gals then by all means bring home a new Betta buddy! [/FONT][/CENTER]
 
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Betta Splendens can make wonderful additions to a planted tank, they love hiding in plants and get along well with many other community fish. Betta Splendens require a PH between 6.5 and 7 to achieve the best possible finnage and the most natural behavior, They prefer the water fairly soft, but are adaptable to moderately hard water. They do not do well in environments suited towards South African Cichlids or Mollies. Notable exceptions are fish like Guppies and Gouramies. Both these species tend to be aggressive towards a Betta or vice versa. Any species of semi-aggressive fish, such as barbs, Serpae Tetras or Swords are also out. Platties and Mollies are both out as well, due to the drastically different water requirements; Mollies especially require an alkaline (7-8 PH) environment, prefer a bit of salt and like water fairly hard. Both are also more aggressive and tend to nip fins. Good tankmates include Corydoras and Otocinclus Catfishes as well as schools of Neons, Danios and White Mountain Minnows (no less than 5 for a school). African Dwarf Frogs, most snails and shrimp (unless the Betta figures out shrimp are tasty) all make good tankmates. Currently have a 10 Gallon moderately planted tank, 1 Male Veil Tail Betta, 5 Black Neon Tetras, 2 Otocinclus Cats and a Ghost Shrimp. Looks Awesome.
 
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just wanted to comment on the mention of danios as good tank mates: most danios tend to be nippy, so they will chew and eat the bettas tail until it gets fin rot. fin rot (wether fungal or bacterial) is hard to treat, and the only way i succeded was to amputate the infected tissue (meaning pinch of an infected ray on my crowntail). also, any damaged tissue in the tail wont grow back completely, and sometimes will grow back clear. large damage may grow back only 50% or less and the rays may grow back bent. i reccomend against danios (especially zebra danios) and other fish that like to nip fins.
 
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one of the best fish ever IMO very hardy with a great personality... if you keep them in a 10g minimum they will really start to show off (i have a HM betta and since moving him into a bigger tank he shows off a lot more)
 
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First off the LFS i get my fish from keep all their bettas seperate from the other tanks in 1/2 gallon bowls sitting on a 3 layer shelf and the manager told me that if they dont keep peices of cardboard between them the bettas will get use to the other bettas around them and wouldnt fight against eachother or flare up at eachother cause theyre hierarchy even the males would be set. I bought my betta Al Capone from them and he seems to love chasing a drum stick around the tank
 
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I have a heavily planted 15 gallon with 1 female betta, 5 white clouds, 3 ottos and 3 rednose shrimp. My girl "evil jungle princess" killed her 2 sisters and now lives quite happily skulking around the riccia and crypts hunting for things-she never seems bored or scared-I love watching her. I can't imagine having one of these fish in a small boring bowl after observing how neat they are with room and plenty of hiding places-even my friend who was going to go the "bowl route" decided against after seeing my tank.
 
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Betta fish are WONDERFUL!!!! I have 9. :-P I love mine dearly. They are great fish and very spunky. Very active fish when in the right conditions.
 
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i just put gaius in my 29 gallon with a female (caprica) betta, they do chase eachother but the current is kind of high so he gives up quickly. I had the two mate and now have 5 babies growing in a 2.5gallon. both the mom and dad did great in 10gallon w/3guppys , 2octos, and 4 glowing dinos but all my dinos just died from a water changed. Anyways they are now in the 29 with 1chinesse algae eater who is so far peaceful but i watch closely, 1 Raphael fish, 1 black kuli loach, 3 corrys, and 3 plattys. both the male and female betta chase the plattys but the platty do not ever chase the betas because they seem to be the ruling fish however the male seems more lonely or sad in the 29 gallon. Is the male sad because the current is too high? He seems to get around just fine or is the tank too big? Please help. I'm thinking of just putting the male in the 10 gallon with the guppy cause he did like watching them a flaring up if they got in his way but he never chased them. also if i add dinos to the 10 gallon w/3guppys, 2baby guppy's, and 2 octo fish, would it be over crowed? I do make 2water changes a week to all tanks. If i can add more to the 10gallon any suggestions???
 
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oh i meant to say currently in the 10 gallon i have the 2 octo fish and 3 guppy's, and 2 baby guppy's, I just want to know if i get 3-4 dinos is it going to overcrowd the 10 gallon along w/the male betta if i decide to put him in? I know the 1icnh rule is bs because it dose cout more on girth, so you are suppose to measure its belly size and how much waste they produce. it seems the octo produce more then the bettas.
 
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I have a betta in a 13 gallon tank with 3 mollies. Hes not agressive in the slightest and had a great personality. Im currently training him to jump just like I did with my paradise fish
 
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Lovely little fish, very forgiving and hardy with a lot of personality!
 
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I never wanted a betta... until I realized that was just because I wanted to be different, and that bettas in the store look sickly compared to their full potential. Mine perked up within a day of being in a 10 gallon after coming out of his cup. They can have loads of personality. Be aware that they would much rather have live food or at least frozen food rather than pellets.
 
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Hi i have a tank with about 5 guppies in it it 4 foot could i keep 1 male fighting fish with them? =-)
 
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To the above comment. I dont think the guppies would last long. They have long fins alike the Betta and he may think there opposing males. You can try it becuase all fish are different but if you especially favour your guppies I wonldnt advise it. My Betta gets on fine with my Harlequins.
 
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I had a dragon tailed Betta and decided to him a girlfriend . The girlfriend decided to eat the fins off of her boyfriend . he was naked . So she got a scolden and I took her out and put her in a goldfish bowl next to the tank. Boy did she pout ! she stayed on the bottom of the bowl she wouldn't eat for 3 days, I started to feel bad for her so I stuck her back in the tank with her boyfriend. She was a whole new fish. She was buddy buddy with him now. He grew all his fins back and they loved each other..
 
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We have a male veil tail betta in a 10 community tank with 3 otos a golden killie, a kuhli loach and 2 snails. He gets along fine with all of his tank mates. He chases the killie around a bit, but not in a menacing way. The killie is too fast anyway. He doesn't bother the snails (ie try to eat their antenna) and I don't even think he knows the loach exists. He enjoys the company of the otos and likes to follow them around. He's a really awesome fish, and comes to greet us when we walk by the tank. He likes to flare at the back of the tank and when we place a mirror by him. He's an enthusiastic fish. Essentially, he's just a big sailboat that wouldn't do any harm to any of our inhabitants. He's got a great personality.
 
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LOVE me some bettas :) I recently found a gorgeous double tail crowntail, and couldn't believe my eyes. He's a stunning Gas with green and blue iridescence The best part? His lobes and rays are really pretty even, which was surprising to me. Couldn't believe he came out of a lfs. He is extremely unpredictable, he doesn't flare at his reflection, but he attacks the glass whenever I put a mirror up. I think he's going to be very aggressive. I wouldn't recommend keeping this particular morph with ANYTHING, unless you don't mind them ending up as food. I have him with 4 shrimp, and the ONLY reason they're still alive and kickin' is because they're too big for him to eat. I wanted to sort of "test" his aggression level. Plus, they're wild type neo's, so if anything they'd be good conditioning munchies :) What it comes down to for me, is the personality of each fish. My observations have lead me to believe that their aggression really depends on their tail type, color morph, and when the breeder jarred the fish. Happy betta keeping!
 
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Bettas (next to Goldfish) are one of the most recognizable and poorly treated fish in the hobby. They should not live in bowls under any circumstances. A 5 gallon and filter with a soft current will bring out the colors of these fish. Their lifespan is suppose to be 5-10 years, not 5-10 weeks!
 
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I have found each Betta has a personality of it's own. Some get along fine with other fish and then there is my female "Gem". Read on the net that females don't fight. She tried to kill my other female betta "Ruby" so I put her in another tank with a male platty. He was also fighting in the community tank and figured he could handle himself against her. She killed him one evening after being together for a week. She now lives alone and is very happy, me to! Ruby is in the community tank and gets along with everyone. One other comment. If you ever have trouble with fruit flies as I did this summer. Trap them in baggies and feed to the Betta's. They love them. Had both Ruby and Gem taking them from my fingers. Love Bettas.
 
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Betta's are truly unique you hate that they are so common but love the fact that they are so beautiful. Violent or Placid? well mine is a big girls blouse loves to show off but even my cherry shrimp seem to scare him in a head on confrontation. Although people state these can happily live in smaller tanks, from my own experience they seem to be more active when in larger tanks.
 
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I read somewhere that black female bettas are infertile. Can anyone confirm or refute this?
 
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Hi i've a 190ltr live planted tank i had 2 female siamese fighters,these got on fine together and were in the tank for 3/4 months,i introduced a male on saturday past,this morning 3 days later one of the females had a fight overnight with the male and killed him,and the female eventually died as well,anyone help me with a reason for this A BIG PLEASE
 
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My first betta was extremely agressive... I added him to my 10 gallon highly-planted cardinal tetra tank and he spent alot of time herding them out of his space. Days later, I woke up to find him dead and two of the cardinals missing. I polled the fish people I know and consensus seems to be that he killed and ate them, then died from overstuffing himself. My current betta is in a planted bowl... I know that gives some betta keepers the cold horrors, but he seems to be doing just fine. In any case, he'll be upgraded to a larger tank soon when I get my custom shrimp tank. Then he can have the old shrimp tank and have a bigger space with filtration and more room to swim around. He will attack anything in his space... the four tiny snails that came in with the plants will often arouse flaring and then biting if they are on the move... the marimo moss ball I put in there got flaring and then attacked, even though it was perfectly still. All this to say, my experience is that I would never again mix a betta with a community tank.
 
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i keep mine with white clouds in a 8 gallon they are doing well together however always ensure that the betta has been adequately fed as smaller species are quick and bettas can be slow at time i do this with tweezers
 
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If you get a betta and consider giving your betta, shrimp as tank mates; if you have not already introduced your betta to brine shrimp....don't. I think shrimp taste like shrimp. Everyone was getting along in my tank until...I came home with "The New Food" It was flake based/w brine shrimp made for bettas TETRA BETTAMin. My Betta Sam eats all his food (pellet
 
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A Question of Conditioning: I bought Sam (the betta) and he was a timid fish. I turned him into a slightly happy fish and things were cool. Over time I upgraded Sam's tank, and meals. I have noticed that since I've started excersising Sam, with the end of my Champ Naga incense box, that Sam has developed an inferiority complex, and is turning into a more aggressive fish. A thing that does no bode well for Sam's invert tank mates. Has anyone else known of a fish turning from timid scardy cat into bully of the tank due to varied diet and excersise? It was probalbly a bad idea to introduce brine shrimp to a betta that shares his tank with shrimp, albeit bigger shrimp than brine.
 
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i have a male veiltail betta in a 20 gallon long tank and he does fine with the swordtails, platys, giant dianos, guppies (and fry) i have in there. i would NOT say that all bettas do bad with the above fish, i have had 3 bettas since i started my first community tank in november 2010 and have learned that a betta introduced when it is young, and after the tank has been established (aka, an established dominance) makes the betta mellow and decreases the likelihood of it killing other fish. i also had a chinese alge eater that got trapped in my filter(i fixed the problem), that did great with the betta. i would not recommend bowls because bettas are fish that need a (slow)current, and they kinda wilt away all by themselves. my first fish was a betta, he and his successor died within a year because they didn't have the swim room or water flow in their solitary cells.
 
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I have five male betta's in 1 tank but it seem's too small for them i want to put them in my main tank but i dont know if they will get along with the other fish??
 
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hi i bought my male beta first then a few weeks later i added a female all has been well they have lived happily together with probs but the local pet store where i buy them from told me i should have 2 f to every male because he will attack the first so i went and got another f and added her. well this morning i've noticed that my male has hardly any tail left so i've taken him and he's in another tank for the min. i've been watching the 2 f's and the orginal one is chasing the new one around and i've noticed the new ones tail has been nibbled too. should i get rid of the new one and put the male back or get rid of the first one ? help please
 
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hey i have bettas but i was wonding if i can have a molly and a silver dollar in the same tank and can you breed a vailtail and a crowntail together
 
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As with many species of fish, all individual Bettas have unique behaviours to one extent or another. Some people have successfully kept males and females together to breed under good conditions or in a community aquarium. My limited experience tells me however that Betta behaviour can be best observed when the betta is alone in a relatively small tank. For this reason Bettas are best suited for nano aquariums of 5 to 10 Gallons in size. If you put a uniquely beautiful and interesting Betta in an aesthetically pleasing and yet functional nano aquarium, you will have a small aquarium to be proud of and a Betta that can live for years.
 
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I have a female in my 55 gallon community they work very well in communitys and look so much better in larger tanks then they will in puny tanks
 
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so i have a male betta inside a 1gal. tank... can he mix well with ballon mollies dolmation mollies an angel fish tricolor or bala shark and i know you guys said no to Gouramis but i have 2 lea pearl or something like that Gouramis and i have a sword tail (male) (his companion just passed today(12-17-2012)) i believe the other fish is a pine apple platy i also have 2 kuhli loaches and a bunch of fries
 
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ps i have a 55gallon tank.. anyway back to researching ... hope to be helpful in future posts or in other areas of the forum thanks for letting me be apart of an awesome informal site :)
 
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Many betta's aren't peaceful. Sorry, I had to say it since I am a novice betta owner. I have lost platies from betta's attacking them. The one I have in my 29 gallon chases them but doesn't attack. It totally depends on their personality
 
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These are probably one of the most misunderstood and abused pet fish, along with the goldfish and koi. They should never be kept in tiny containers which are dirty, or have no substrate or plants to clean the water.
 
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In my experience they are very hardy and very aggressive but since they have long fins they tend to get nipped. Lately I have observed my fighters fins torn off and then see the slow white skin regrowth. When it feels pissed off it flars its gills and appears to have a ring around its nick. Very cool fish.
 
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I'm on my third Betta at this time, the first one was the first fish I ever owned and his name was Ted. Ted was mean as hell. Next I had a female named Peach, and Peach was great, but she committed suicide after only a few months. This time, I have an ugly guy named Ghast. Ghast is the King Regent and Protector of the Realm in my 55g planted and he keeps everyone in line as well as acts as the only real "pet" fish I've owned, instead of just a decoration. Ghast is also peaceful and it's actually pretty strange to see him check out new items because you wouldn't know how intelligent these guys are just by looking at them but he really studies all the other fish in the tank. When I first added Glass Cats he watched them for hours. It really is nice to have a partner in fish keeping like Ghast. Ghast has never attacked anyone except snails because he's pretty peaceful. Always remember that there aren't really any guarantees with bettas because they are all so unique and really do have different personalities. If there's one thing I know about Bettas, it's always to have one.

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