Betta Tropical Fish

There are currently 73 recognized species in this genus. The currently described Betta species can be grouped into complexes for conservation purposes
There are currently 73 recognized species in this genus. The currently described Betta species can be grouped into complexes for conservation purposes

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Jan 29, 2016

Betta fish, aka Siamese fighting fish, are among the most popular home aquarium pets, second only to goldfish. With the wide variety of stunning betta colors and shapes to choose from, it’s no wonder so many aquarists are betta fans. Click through to learn 10 surprising facts that betta neophytes and even some experienced betta owners might not know.

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1.  “BETTA” IS NOT THE NAME OF ONE FISH SPECIES, BUT MORE THAN

70Scientifically speaking, “betta” is the name of a genus that encompasses dozens of different fish species. The most common of these, and the species most people almost always mean when they say “betta,” is betta splendens, aka the Siamese fighting fish.

2.   FIGHTING FISH” IS NO MISNOMER

Betta splendens are known colloquially as Siamese fighting fish, and for good reason. Bettas are very territorial and aggressive. Although females are not quite as violent as males, a betta of any sex may fight any other betta without hesitation. Even the sight of its own reflection can cause a betta to flare up with aggression. [su_box style=”soft”]Box content[/su_box] aren’t usually to the death as is commonly believed, but they do lead to serious injury.

3.   BETTAS ARE CARNIVORES

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