Female Betta Fish Complete Care Guide
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The male will see the female as a threat to the eggs and begin relentlessly attacking her. Knowing the different behavior, tank requirements and diets of multiple fish is a difficult task to accomplish. If you want to know about every fish that can live with your betta then click here. As well as keeping one male and one female together some people opt to keep a male betta in with a sorority of females. As well as this, try to pick a tank that has been built for length rather than height. Not only will this make all fish feel more comfortable, but it will also help you to add lots more decorations that can help break lines of sight.
You should always add a male betta to a sorority, instead of introducing all the fish at the same time. As well as this, the bioload itself will be too much for the bacteria in your tank to deal with. There will be a huge ammonia spike which could result in one or more of your fish succumbing to ammonia poisoning. Once you have a sorority, remove all the females from the tank, rearrange it and then add them all in with your newly acquired male.
One of the keys to making this work well is adding lots of hiding places and territories for your fish. Lastly, driftwood and other decorations can all be used to give your tank more life, as well as creating safe spots for all your fish. One of the biggest problems that can occur in betta harems is aggression amongst females. In the wild, the male betta is only going to breed with the dominant female.
In sororities, a pecking order is normally established, but without the introduction of a male, aggression generally stops.
How should I keep and care for Siamese fighting fish?
Indeed, Betta fish are somewhat resilient in certain aspects, but it is a sort of misguided rumor. In fact, they are similar to most other types of exotic fish in the sense that you will need to take good care of them if you expect your betta fish to have a long life. For this reason, I have decided to put together a short guide which will help a dedicated Betta fish owner to take care of their Bettas. The first thing you should consider after selecting your fish is what their home is going to be like.
Make sure you ditch that jar from the store — it is way too small for a fish to live comfortably.
Another thing about Betta tank management — make sure to consider placement. It may decide to swim and jump around quickly, or perhaps just stare back at you, which can be fun as well. They may even follow you around in their tank. Remember to cover your tank, as well, since Betta fish often jump out of it. You can prevent that from happening by covering it up, or simply by not filling your bowl or tank all the way up to the top. Make sure your tank is clean — cleanliness is highly important for a Betta fish, so if you notice leftover food a few minutes after feeding about minutes , pull it out with your net in order to prevent fungal or bacteria growth.
If you can, you may want to stock your tank with items which will make life better for your Betta, making it feel at home. Make sure your accessories are fin friendly — since Bettas often have long, beautiful fins which may get caught or tear. For instance, you may want to add smooth pebbles are crock in its bottle, or a few soft plants. You might even color coordinate the tank and accessories with the room where your Betta is going to be. Seeing the popularity of these fights, the king of Thailand , Rama III , started licensing and collecting these fighting fish.
In , he gave some of his prized fish to a man who, in turn, gave them to Theodore Edward Cantor , a medical scientist. Nine years later, Cantor wrote an article describing them under the name Macropodus pugnax. In , the ichthyologist Charles Tate Regan , upon realizing a species was already named Macropodus pugnax , renamed the domesticated Siamese fighting fish Betta splendens. So the term "fighting fish" comes in use to generalize all the members of the B.
In , this species was imported to France by the French aquarium fish importer Pierre Carbonnier in Paris , and in , the German aquarium fish importer Paul Matte in Berlin imported the first specimens to Germany from Moscow. When kept in colder climates, aquarium heaters are recommended.
Bettas are also affected by the pH levels of the water. Ideal levels for Bettas would be at a neutral pH 7. This organ was thought to allow the fish to be kept in unmaintained aquaria,  but this is a misconception, as poor water quality makes all tropical fish, including Betta splendens , more susceptible to diseases such as fin rot. Properly kept and fed a correct diet, Siamese fighting fish generally live between 3 and 5 years in captivity, but may live between 7 and 10 years in rare cases. The minimum tank size is directly related to how experienced the fish keeper is, and how often they want to carry out water changes, in order to keep the water pristine.
The Betta must of course have enough room to turn around, but there is no evidence that they require a lot of space. Due to their labyrinth organ they are not dependent on high oxygen levels in the water, so a large surface area for gas exchange is not required. Some Betta enthusiasts claim that there is a minimum tank size for a Betta, but to try to set a strict baseline minimum is somewhat arbitrary.
Reliably performing regular partial water changes every other day for small unfiltered tanks would at least ensure the water quality in a smaller tank is acceptable. Most consider 2. Bettas can cohabit with fish that are bottom feeders, however it is not advised to keep them with feeders that may eat their fins or destroy the slime coat one example is the Siamese Algae Eater, if kept in an inappropriately sized tank.
In addition to these hybrids within the genus Betta , intergeneric hybridizing of Betta splendens and Macropodus opercularis , the paradise fish, has been reported. Breeders around the world continue to develop new varieties. Often, the males of the species are sold preferentially in stores because of their beauty, compared to the females. Females almost never develop fins as showy as males of the same type and are often more subdued in coloration, though some breeders manage to get females with fairly long fins and bright colors.
Wild fish exhibit strong colours only when agitated. Breeders have been able to make this coloration permanent, and a wide variety of hues breed true.
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Bettas are found in many different colours due to different layers of pigmentation in their skin. The layers from furthest within to the outer layer consists of red, yellow, black, iridescent blue and green , and metallic not a colour of its own, but reacts with the other colours to change how they are perceived.
Any combination of these layers can be present, leading to a wide variety of colours. The shades of blue, turquoise, and green are slightly iridescent , and can appear to change colour with different lighting conditions or viewing angles; this is because these colours unlike black or red are not due to pigments , but created through refraction within a layer of translucent guanine crystals.
Breeders have also developed different colour patterns such as marble and butterfly, as well as metallic shades through hybridization  like copper, gold, or platinum these were obtained by crossing B. A true albino betta has been feverishly sought since one recorded appearance in , and another in Neither of these was able to establish a line of true albinos. In , a hobbyist named Kenjiro Tanaka claimed to have successfully bred albino bettas.
vikram.dev3.develag.com/gua-de-estudio-para-el.php Some bettas will change colours throughout their lifetime known as marbling , attributed to a transposon. Koi bettas have mutated now and some are no longer marbles and do not change colors or patterns through out their lifetime known as true Koi attributed to the defective gene that causes marbling not being repaired in the color layers after a time.
Common Colours . Rarer Colours . Males and females flare or puff out their gill covers opercula to appear more impressive, either to intimidate other rivals or as an act of courtship. Other reasons for flaring can include when they are intimidated by movement or change of scene in their environments. Both sexes display pale horizontal bars if stressed or frightened. However, such colour changes, common in females of any age, are rare in mature males due to their intensity of colour.
Females often flare at other females, especially when setting up a pecking order. Flirting fish behave similarly, with vertical instead of horizontal stripes indicating a willingness and readiness to breed females only. Betta splendens enjoy a decorated tank, being a territorial fish it is necessary to establish territory even when housed alone. They may set up a territory centered on a plant or rocky alcove, sometimes becoming highly possessive of it and aggressive toward trespassing rivals. This is the reason why when kept with other fish the minimum tank size should be 45 litres about 10 gallons.
Contrary to popular belief, bettas are compatible with many other species of aquarium fish. The aggression of this fish has been studied by ethologists and comparative psychologists. One fish will arise the victor, the fight continuing until one participant is submissive. These competitions can result in the death of either one or both fish depending on the seriousness of their injuries.
To avoid fights over territory, male Siamese fighting fish are best isolated from one another. Males will occasionally even respond aggressively to their own reflections in a mirror. Though this is obviously safer than exposing the fish to another male, prolonged sight of their reflection may lead to stress in some individuals. Not all Siamese fighting fish respond negatively to other males, especially when the tank is large enough for each fish to create their own designated territory.
In general, studies have shown that females exhibit similar aggressive behaviours as their male counterparts, but these behaviours are less common.
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During these two weeks, the following behaviours were recorded: attacking, displays, and biting food. The results of this observational study indicated that when females are housed in small groups, they form a stable dominance order.