Betta fish flare their gills as a way to intimidate other fish. Flaring their gills makes them appear larger and more threatening.Continue Reading
Betta fish are also known as Siamese fighting fish.They flare their gills when they are ready to fight. This makes them appear larger since fish do not have very good eyesight. They also fan their gills when they are trying to court a female Betta. A female Betta will fan her gills as a sign to the male that she is willing to mate or to another female to show that she is in charge.
Many people breed these fish to fight and may even take bets on which will win. If it is a pet, however, Bettas should never be put in a tank with another aggressive fish. They are very territorial and will attack other Bettas or smaller fish to show their domination. Because of their showy tails, they are easy targets for larger aggressive fish.
Bettas are one of the few fish that can get air from above the water. This means they can live in small containers that do not require filters. They can even live outside of the water for a very short amount of time.Learn more about Aquatic Pets
It is not a good idea to keep multiple female betta fish in the same tank. Although it is possible to do so under the right conditions, the fish may still fight with one another.Full Answer >
Bettas prefer not to be placed into a tank with other fish and do best when they swim alone. These fish are not schooling fish, so they will fight other bettas when placed in a tank together, according to Pet Sitters International.Full Answer >
A betta fish can live in tap water, but the tap water must be conditioned correctly prior to housing the fish. Failure to do so may result in premature death.Full Answer >
Betta fish are native to the Mekong Delta in southeast Asia, a wetland that extends from China to Vietnam. They were first kept as pet fish in Thailand and Malaysia. The common name for bettas is Siamese fighting fish, which comes from Siam, an old name for Thailand.Full Answer >