Betta and Siamese Fighting Fish

The betta or Siamese fighting fish, is a freshwater fish that is commonly seen in aquariums. Males come in a wide range of colors while females tend to be more drably colored. The name “fighting fish” comes from the aggressive behavior of both male and female fish towards other members of their species. All questions about betas and Siamese fighting fish can be directed here.

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What is the average life span of a betta fish?

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== == Most of these fish can live for 2-3 years in fish bowl. Normally, bettas live two to five years depending on how they are cared for. Male bettas that live alone in large individual tanks and get daily exercise have lived six years or longer in laboratories. Typically, males purchased from a pet store are over four months old, at a point when their finnage becomes fullest and most attractive. Due to their shorter finnage, females available in pet stores are often only three to six months old. Betta fish actually live for 4+ years, eight years is not uncommon, in a 2+ gallon tank. In petstores males and females are actually an average of two years old; a female's finnage is alway short. 2-3 years in a bowl but 6-7 in a tank. 8 years is not uncommon, though. You may find it that your beta lives longer with different plants, and tanks. the original lifespan of a betta is 1-2 years. But with exellent care it may live up to 5 years. Most of these fish can live for 2-3 years in fish bowl. Normally, battas live two to five years depending on how they are cared for. Male battas that live alone in large individual tanks have lived six years or longer. Batta fish actually live for 4+ years, eight years is not uncommon, in a 2+ gallon tank. In pet stores males and females are actually an average of two years old! 2-3 years in a bowl but 6-7 in a tank. 8 years is not uncommon, though. You may find it that your beta lives longer with different plants, and tanks.
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What types of fish don't need heaters?

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Sub-tropical and coldwater fish can live without heaters BUT you must note that just because a tank doesn't have a heater in it, doesn't mean it's coldwater! To have a true cold tank you need to install a chiller, which is far more expensive to buy and run than a measly heater! Fish from all temperature ranges will be stressed out by temperature fluctuations (such as you having the heating blazing during the winter, and air conditioning during the summer!). What fish you can keep also depends on your tank size. Goldfish are the most common coldwater fish, they also need very large over-filtered tanks. Smaller fish like White Cloud Mountain Minnows and Zebra Danios need to be in shoals in at least 15-20 gallons or more. Research fish species very carefully!
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Why does your betta fish stay vertical?

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Could be water quality, temperature, or he could just be constipated. Could be close to death, you can still save him/her though. good luck!
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Do goldfish have teeth to eat food?

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Goldfish have teeth, but not in the way that you expect them; they are called pharyngeal teeth which are near the throat
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Do betta bites hurt?

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no it does not . yooh feel nothing .
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What does it mean when your betta fish is floating on its side but is still alive?

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Swimbladder is a disease which symptoms cause fish to become unable to swim correctly, your fish may exibit swimming toward the bottom of your tank or bowl, then floating back up, swimming in circles or laying or floating on his side.... There are three main things according to the posts and articles I've read that can lead to swimbladder disease * Constipation (from overfeeding or feeding too rich foods like bloodworms) * Dirty water (from uneaten food or waste products of fish) * Bacteria Treatment: Constipation: First, a betta's stomach is the size of it's eye, so overfeeding can be happen very easily. Stop feeding and fast him for three days. Make an epsom salt bath, in a one gallon tank, use 1 teaspoon of epsom salts in dechlorinated water and leave him in there for 5 to 15 minutes or up to half an hour. Then return him to his previous tank (cleaned and dechlorinated if it is dirty.) Adding some salt to his tank water will help ( 1/2 to 1 teaspoon table salt per gallon.) I have also heard of a the inside of a cooked pea and cut into very small pieces fed to the betta to relieve constipation. You can do this once a week as a preventative. Dirty tank: Do a complete water change and clean everything in the tank with HOT water (no soap) Try and keep the cleaned and treated water to the same temperature so as to not stress the fish. Bacteria: You can check with your local pet store for an antibiotic for the water. Finally, Swimbladder disease is easily treatable and your fish is not a goner. Betta's can live in slightly salty water and it helps to keep the bacteria levels down in the water which can cause fin rot.
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Does the filter of fish tank have to be always on?

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Yes. It not only provides water circulation and oxygen but houses essential bacteria that keeps your water quality healthy. As soon as it's turned off, that bacteria starts to die. The only time you turn it off is when you're doing you're weekly partial water change.
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Can you put axolotl and betta fish in the same tank?

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No, this isn't a good idea. The betta might nibble the axolotl's delicate gills, and a big axolotl could swallow a betta, but the most obvious reason why the two are incompatible is that they prefer very different water temperatures. Bettas are tropical fish that require relatively high temperatures of 25-30 degrees Celsius, whereas axolotls prefer their water cooler, around 15 degrees.
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Does your fish tank need a light?

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Well, no but they are a lot better with them. For your fish, not for show, if you have gold fish, if you don't put a light in they will go silver. This is because of the lack of light.
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Can you eat a betta fish?

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NEVER DO THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BY:Expert Serena ====================================================== Yes. I'm sure the natives in the countries they live in often eat them with rice, soup, and other things. Other species of the family, gouramis, are definitely used for food.
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Can beta water conditioner be used for goldfish?

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All water conditioner needs to do is remove the chlorine or chloramine from the tap water. Of course it will be OK for Goldfish.
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What does it mean when a betta fish bloats up and sinks but is still alive?

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It means the fish is sick, and most likely will die. It can be any number of things including cancer and bladder infection.
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Can a betta fish burp?

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Not in the same way that people 'burp' but they can and do 'gulp' air.
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How to care for a Siamese fighting fish?

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If you want to get a male fighting fish it is best to have them in a small tank alone because they are quite aggressive and can kill or harm other fish, even their own kind. Females can sometimes be kept together in groups of four or more, although it is best to only do this once you get to know your fighting fish a bit better and understand their temperaments. Before you get your fish clean out their tank/bowl (It is best not to use any chemicals because they can toxicate the water). Fill the tank/bowl with fresh rain water, as in some towns the tap water contains many harmful chemicals for a fish. It is good to add a few drops (following the directions on the bottle) of water treatment, to neutralize the chemicals in the water and make sure that it is well balanced for your fish. You can buy water treatment (sometimes known as conditioner) from your local pet store (the one you got the fish from). Fighting Fish are quite intelligent, and, just like humans, can get bored easily. A few tank decorations are perfect for keeping your fighting fish happy and occupied. Here are some ideas for decorating the tank: - Make an interesting backdrop for the tank, to brighten it up. You could make a collage with cutouts from magazines, or just draw a scene for the background. - Fighting Fish will love a few plants, as they are great for hiding in and make the tank a lot more interesting. - Putting pebbles on the bottom of the tank is a good idea because they will hide all of the dirt, waste, and unwanted food for a while! - Believe it or not, Fighting Fish enjoy toys, such as a ping pong ball that will float on the surface and that they can push around with their noses. - Fighting fish also love bright colours and shiny objects to explore. What I have done with my Betta is wrap marbles in the colourful, shiny Easter egg wrappers, and my fish loves it! - A few interesting shells or non harmful objects can make your tank look great and captivate the attention of your Fighting fish for years! If you live in a particularly cold place, it is a good idea to set your tank up with a heater, because during the cold weather the fish will become very inactive and perhaps sick with the cold water. Bettas can live in small bowls, but you need to do several things. 1) In anything less than 5 gallons, they will require 25% daily water changes and 100% every week. This is to keep ammonia levels down. Bettas constantly release their waste into the water as ammonia, which can kill them and burn their fins away. It takes a little more than a day for ammonia to reach a dangerous level in a 1 gallon, so please keep up with daily water changes. 2) Bettas are tropical fish and need a constant temperature between 76-82* F. you NEED to buy a water heater, or your fish will become lathargic, more prone to disease, and die. Bettas are very hardy fish and can live for upwards of a year in cold water with dangerously high ammonia levels, but can live for 3-5 years if you are willing to spend the $17 dollars for a preset heater at Wal-mart (unless you go with a bigger tank, then invest in an adjustable heater from a pet store) and take 5 minutes out of your day to change his water so its not poisoning him. Please see bettafish.com for more info on proper care for betta fish. Feeding: I give my betta food named betta bites, they are good for the fish and he seems to like them. Sometimes bettas get picky about food and so was mine at first but then they get used to it. Some bettas will eat fish flakes, but the pellets made especially for the betta are the best for them and they also revive the colour in the betta. If your fish doesn't eat them at all try a different food. You can give them 2-3 pellets for starting, then you can go up to four pellets when your fish gets a little older and you can feed him twice a day. How to feed them: You put your finger at the top of the bowl and when the fish comes to your finger drop the pellet and he eats it. Make sure not to feed the fish right away because you want them to swallow it, right? That's about it for this part and here is a thing you need to be cautious about when you clean the bowl.
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How long do bettas stay alive?

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2 or 3 years. If you are lucky maybe even 4 years, but no more than 5 at the very most.
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Why do male betta fish kiss?

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Kissing in male betta fish is a display of agression. It is a form of fighting.
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Why do betta fish flare up there gills and there fins?

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Fin and gill flaring in Betta's is part of what is called a territorial threat display. If a male Betta detects a threat in his territory (usually, a bowl of fish tank), then he will puff himself up, trying to look as large and threatening as possible. It is a way to protect himself and his territory from other fish.
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Are Japanese fighting fish native to japan?

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No. The Siamese Fighting Fish is an artificial hybrid and as such does not exist in nature. The ancestor species that were uses to create the various types of fighting fish, called pla-kad, are native to the rice paddies of Thailand, Malaysia, and Cambodia.
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What kind of fish can you keep in a fish bowl?

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You can put any fish that will fit into a bowl inside of one, but keeping is another matter. Much as it's potentially possible to keep a dog alive for a while inside of a closet, don't expect the health of the dog in the closet or the fish in the bowl to remain anywhere near optimal. Besides, fish have interesting behaviors you simply will not see in a bowl. That said, some species of betta will survive for a few years in a bowl as long as you are willing to do a lot of extra water changes. This includes the most common species, Betta splendens, which you often find sold in cups. As with any other fish, however, they do better in larger tanks with full filtration systems. Some might suggest the goldfish, but understand that even the shorter-bodied goldfish can grow to near a foot long if kept correctly, though it surely never will if kept in a bowl. Keeping goldfish in bowls comes from a misunderstood antiquated practice by the Chinese, who first bred goldfish. They kept goldfish in ponds normally, as is best for that species, and would occasionally put one or two in a bowl and place it on a dinner table as a form of decoration, to be put back out in the pond once dinner was finished. A better suggestion for your fish bowl would be to try making a small terrarium out of it; with a little soil and some interesting plants, you can create and maintain a beautiful little micro-environment you can enjoy nearly anywhere in your home. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It depends on the size of the bowl, but in a standard sized fish bowl you can keep toy fish, a can of tuna, gold fish crackers almost indefinitely.
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What do Bettas eat?

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Siamese fighting eat betta pellets, which can bought at almost any store selling pet supplies (i.e. Wal-Mart, Petsmart, Petco). Betta flakes or tropical flakes are appropriate too but bettas are picky eaters and some may refuse to eat them. Feed 2-3 pellets twice a day, and fast your betta one day of the week to clear out their digestive system. For treats, feed freeze-dried, frozen (or even live) brine shrimp and bloodworms 2-3 times a week. Take care not to overfeed though as bettas usually love these and it may be hard to resist giving him more than he can eat. Don't forget to remove all uneaten food afterwards to avoid it polluting the water. Answer Betta food, you can buy it from any wal-mart or pet store they should have if they sell betta's. Answer They also enjoy bloodworms. I use both frozen and freeze-dried. If you hold the worm just a little above the water level, the betta will jump toward you and snatch the worm from your fingers. Just remember, don't hold the worm too high; just above the water line. The tricks are to put a ball on it and it will stand for 5 mins Try it on yours! Pellets and flakes. They are special ones for bettas! You can buy them at your local pet store. I like to use Tetra because, it is a GREAT brand but, if that is not available just use another brand. You can also feed then live/freeze dried blood worms and live/freeze dried shrimp, because, they love that!!! I recommend only freeze dried types because live ones cause ticks. But, if you are willing to take the risk then use live shrimp and blood worms because they are a big hit with bettas!!! Answer Betta food, you can buy it from any wal-mart or pet store they should have if they sell betta's. Answer They also enjoy bloodworms. I use both frozen and freeze-dried. If you hold the worm just a little above the water level, the betta will jump toward you and snatch the worm from your fingers. Just remember, don't hold the worm too high; just above the water line. The tricks are to put a ball on it and it will stand for 5 mins Try it on yours! Pellets and flakes. They are special ones for bettas! You can buy them at your local pet store. I like to use Tetra because, it is a GREAT brand but, if that is not available just use another brand. You can also feed then live/freeze dried blood worms and live/freeze dried shrimp, because, they love that!!! I recommend only freeze dried types because live ones cause ticks. But, if you are willing to take the risk then use live shrimp and blood worms because they are a big hit with bettas!!! Anwser: betta pellets [from store],another fish, any kind of betta fish from the store! From:Emma!
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What does normal discharge look like?

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Normal discharge varies in every woman and also changes depending on where you are in your cycle. Most discharge is either white, clear, or slightly yellow. It does not have an odor and can be thick or thin. If you notice a change in your discharge that is abnormal (such as color, consistency or smell), you should consult your doctor as it may be an indication of an infection.
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What kind of fish is best kept in a regular fish bowl without any filters?

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If you want to keep fish I would strongly recommend buying a fish tank with a filter. I have noticed with only one fish they get lonely and just sit there as good as dead all day (of course this depends on what species of fish you keep!). They seem to be happier in groups if they're shoaling fish, such as Tetras. If you get more fish be sure you do not get a small tank, tanks under 10 US gallons are a waste of money. Fish such as Comet Goldfish and such actually need tanks a minimum of 4ft long. They are often sold cheap, but this does not reflect the fact they get over 12" long and live over 20 years. They are also exceptionally messy fish really only best in ponds. The humble Betta does not get scared by big tanks, but can be overwhelmed by power filters, they do well in softly filtered and heated tanks over 5 gallons, they should be very active and curious. Some Bettas seem to survive in unfiltered bowls but this does mean it's recommended by experienced fishkeepers and will not provide it with the stimulation and stability it really needs. Betta fish should have a small filter that is not very strong as they become iritated by the current taking them away because of there large fins. In the right care fish should live to their full life spans (for Bettas, that's over 3-5 years or more). Another Answer No fish should be kept in a fish bowl. No fish should be kept in captivity without a filter. You must understand the reason for having a filter in an aquarium. Fish produce ammonia as waste, and it is toxic. The filter media has lots of surface area where beneficial bacteria can colonize on them to feed on ammonia. You must have a minimal 5 gallon tank even for a single betta fish. The tank must have a filter and it must be cycled before you add any fish, or the fish will die to ammonia poisoning which is one of the leading causes for fish deaths.
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What does it mean if your betta fish keeps lying down?

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it probley means that your betta is sick. Look up on websites to see if you can diagnose your betta with any sickness. I realize my data was sick after he died so look sicknesses up fast. Hope this helps.