The Betta fish, or the Siamese fighting fish, is a popular aquarium fish belonging to the Osphronemidae family. This family also includes gouramis and paradise fish.
Betta fish originate from Southeast Asia where they reside in slow-moving streams. The fish grow to about 3 inches, although some have been found to reach up to 4 inches long. The body of a betta fish is typically long and slender with a forked, showy tail. The fish are brightly colored, with a variety of colors and patterns available, making them a great choice for aquariums.
The fins of betta fish
Siamese fighting fish are known for their flamboyant fins. They are long and flowing and can vary in shape and size, but fundamentally, they’re bright in color. These fins can create a spectacle in any well-lit aquarium. Males, in particular, are very outstanding and use their beauty to attract mates.
Some of the most common fin types include:
Veiltail: This fin is long and flowing, with a pointed end.
Crowntail: The tail has long, flowing fins edged with spikes.
Delta: This one resembles the crowntail, but the fins are not as long or pointed.
Halfmoon: This tail is shaped like a half-moon.
Doubletail: Betta with a doubletail have two distinct tails.
Spadetail: The tailfin is shaped like a spade.
More About Betta Fish
Betta fish are relatively easy to care for, but I wouldn’t term them as beginner fish because they need special attention when setting up the tank. Plenty of aquarium plants are great for hiding spaces in the tank. They also require regular cycling to keep the water clean and fresh.
Since they’re carnivores, betta fish require plenty of live food, such as bloodworms and brine shrimp. However, commercial fish food is also a good source of nutrients for betta fish.