Siamese Fighting Fish
Category: Aquarium Fish Other
The Siamese fighting fish, Scientific Name: Betta splendens pnoun.: also known as Betta, (especially in the US, growth Adult Size: 3 inches or (7 cm) Social: Males cannot be kept together they will fight an eventurally kill one another. Family: Belontiidae is a popular species of freshwater aquarium fish. The name of the genus is derived from ikan bettah, taken from a local dialect of Malay. The ancestors of this wild fish are native Bettas originate in the shallow waters of rice paddies of Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam and are called pla-kad (little biting fish) in Thai or trey krem in Khmer. The Siamese fighting fish is a small and colorful cannibal species of fish found in the Mekong River in south-east Asia that runs through a number of countries.
Mekong delta in south-east Asia the Siamese fighting fish is native and although the Siamese fighting fish can today be found naturally in Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia, it is suspected to have originated from Thailand.
The Siamese fighting fish was given its name in Thai ikan bettah which means biting fish! The Siamese fighting fish is known for fighting with other males and smaller fish, any animals that the Siamese fighting fish sees as a threat towards them.
The diet Siamese fighting fish is meat based. Siamese fighting fish mainly eat brine shrimp, insects and also the larger food particles that are part of the plankton in the water.
The fighting fishes small size, bright colors and long, attractive fins, the Siamese fighting fish is preyed upon by many other animals. The predators of the Siamese fighting fish include larger fish, birds and many other predators and humans who catch the Siamese fighting fish to keep in tanks for pets.
The Siamese fighting fish mate in a fashion that involves the male Siamese fighting fish and female Siamese fighting fish circling around each other. Between 10 and 40 eggs are discharged and fertilized at each matting. Once the female Siamese fighting fish has released all of her eggs, she is chased away from the area from the male Siamese fighting fish, because likely that she'll will eat the eggs. The male Siamese fighting fish keeps every egg in his bubble nest, making sure none fall to the bottom of the water, and repairing the bubble nest as needed. Incubation period of the eggs of the Siamese fighting fish is a few days. The Siamese fighting fish only lives for about 5 years, but usually the Siamese fighting fish will only live to the age of 2 or 3 years.
The Siamese fighting fish is a fairly hassle free fish to keep in a small aquarium where there only a few fish.