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What is a crowntail betta?

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A crown tail betta is a type of Siamese fighting fish with spectacular fins and tail. The huge tail and fins seem divided into the points of a crown and have intense colors. One type of crown tail betta has a split tail, while the other type has a tail that's teardrop-shaped. Only the males have these extraordinary tails, though females can be just as colorful.

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Though bettas are docile toward their owners, they can be aggressive toward other fish and should be kept alone in a tank. This is especially true of the males, who become aggressive even toward their mates after breeding.

Females and males are placed together only to breed. The male prepares a bubble nest near the water's surface, fertilizes the eggs laid by the female and then places them in this nest. The fry hatch after a day or a day and a half, and the male guards them for a while.

Bettas do best in tanks that hold at least 1 gallon of water. The water should be between 75 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit, and the pH should be between 6.0 and 8.0. Bettas are carnivorous and eat freeze-dried brine shrimp and bloodworms as well as other high-quality betta food.

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