Siamese Fighting Fish
Betta Love: Kevin + Chelsea
Article Summary: Betta are beautiful, easy to care for, fish that can be housed in a freshwater aquarium or unfiltered bowl. This page covers basic beta care and breeding, as we learn about our new male and female pair, Kevin and Chelsea.
Siamese fighting fish (Betta splendens), commonly called "betta", originated in the Mekong basin of Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand (formerly known as Siam), where they can be found in marshland such as still waters of canals, rice paddies and floodplains.
Siamese Fighting Fish Pairs: Betta Breeding Behavior
Tank Setup for Betta Pair
Since introducing the first male, Smacky, didn't go so well, we took more care in setting up a new tank for Kevin & Chelsea. We purchased a 2.5 gallon tank (no filter or heater), and placed many plastic plants, decorations and shells, to provide more cover and hiding places for when the female wanted a break from the male's pushy attitude.
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Male Betta Nest Tending
Male bettas are great baby-daddies. When they are ready to breed, they build a bubble nest where the fry (baby fish) will live and be protected by him!
The hardy betta is part of the gourami family. These fish are aggressive towards their own species, although females can coexist. Even though betta fight with their own kind, they can be paired with other tropical fish in an aquarium.