Amazingly beautiful, beautiful, unpretentious, bold. all these words can be applied to the aquarium fish Betta Fish. Aquarium Betta Fish have a bright variable color. Males, of almost all species of Betta Fish, have chic, veiled fins. And their content and breeding does not represent any complexity.
That is why Betta Fish is one of the most popular fish among beginners in the aquarium world, as well as among professionals, who contain beautiful breeding forms, exposing them to competitions.
Betta Fish is descended from Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam. There, these aquatic inhabitants live in small warm waters. Therefore, the optimum water temperature for this type is 22-26 degrees.
Betta Fish has an oval, elongated, slightly compressed body. Its length is up to 5 cm in males and smaller, up to 4 cm, in females. Beauty and brightness, "fabulous" color is not equal to them. At any turn, red, yellow, orange, pink, green colors sparkle and play, taking all sorts of shades. Especially bright color in males when clashing with each other.
The differences in the sexes of these fish are obvious. Betta Fish- “boy” is more slender, it is brighter colored, its fins are much longer. The females are usually smaller, their fins are shorter. The main difference between the "hen" from Betta Fish will be the presence of a small white speck near the anus of the female in the anus. This formation resembles a little bit like the outward "egg". It becomes well noticeable already from three months of age.
Content of fish
You do not need to have academic knowledge or special conditions in order to get a fish-Betta Fish. This species feels great even in a small-sized aquarium. Some owners manage to keep one individual in the usual three-liter jar. But the two males in one "pond" do not get along. True, some owners share long aquariums with glass, settling their pets one by one in different compartments. Many do this also because, when they see a rival, Betta Fish are starting to become brighter, more colorful, they take up belligerent poses, trying to intimidate and intimidate their counterpart. Females are not so aggressive, they can be kept on several individuals simultaneously.
Betta Fish at home can live in the aquarium at the same time with other species. It is worth, however, to avoid the neighbors with veil fins. Otherwise, the "fighters" will certainly cut them off. It is better to settle to Betta Fish fish larger, with short fins, for example, barbs. For tropical Betta Fish, it is desirable to maintain the water temperature in the range from 24 to 28 degrees. It is allowed to periodically reduce it to 18 degrees. Open areas should be left on the surface of the water, without floating vegetation. Fish need air. Special aeration of water is not needed, but it is desirable to pass water through the filter. It is recommended to set up an aquarium so that during the day the sun falls on it for several hours. It is undesirable to put it in a draft. Periodically thoroughly clean the reservoir. To do this, either partially or completely change the water. The fish are pre-caught with a special net and placed in a jar. Sanitation is carried out without the use of powders. Air The labyrinth organ is a distinctive feature of the Betta Fish fish. This is not a simple addition to the gills. these babies breathe atmospheric air. Make sure that the surface of the water does not overgrow.
Betta Fish can jump heavily. To prevent them from harming themselves, install a special cover with holes or a grid.
Water in the aquarium
Betta Fish: compatibility
As mentioned earlier, Betta Fish males cannot be kept together. It is also undesirable to keep together heterosexuals. The male will constantly chase and bully the female. Has Betta Fish first appeared at your home? “With whom does this species get on?”. such a question is often asked by beginners. Despite the “martial” glory, Betta Fish behave quite peacefully towards their neighbors. Sometimes, however, the male can attack the male guppy, taking him for a relative. It is undesirable to share Betta Fish with owners of beautiful long fins and tails. This is sure to provoke a fighting fish, and he will begin to attack. It is unlikely that Betta Fish will bring an opponent to death, but it can bite or tear off tails and fins.
Often, owners of aquariums are hooked to their pets snails. Fight fish can eat small specimens (for this they are usually planted). Larger Betta Fish may bite off antennae. It should be remembered by those who are planning to decorate your aquarium with large snails.
Suitable neighbors for fighting fish
What kind of fish do Betta Fish get along with? It can be:
- neon irises;
- brocade catfish;
- gurus nagging;
- speckled catfish;
- gastromizones and some other species.
It is advisable before the acquisition of fish to consult with the seller-consultant.
Unwanted neighbors for Betta Fish:
- black-striped cichlozomy;
- Astronotus. it is impossible to settle with these species of Betta Fish.
Fighters can attack and tear off fins to such neighbors as neons, danios, guppies, cardinals, barbs, as well as gouram spots, pearl and marble.