Happy Betta fish behavior

March 15, 2016

In 1846, Cuvier and Valenciennes, two French biologists were trailblazers in the Betta fish industry. They were the first ones to study this amazing creature we all know and love today. In 1909, Betta fish traveled their way into America.

Betta fish, also known as the “Jewel of the Orient” were sent to America because of the brilliance and beauty of their colors. Even though there are so many spectacularly colored fish today, back then, most fish were plain looking. If a fisherman ever caught a betta, it was thought to be good luck. The fisherman would keep the betta as a pet and take care of him.

Presently, the vivacious colors that are common for betta owners are offspring of Asian lineage that were carefully chosen for breeding. An American by the name of Warren Young played a big part in helping develop these incredible bettas with long stunning fins. Even though their ancestors were dull in color, targeted intelligent breeding has created the magnificent and vibrant fish we see today.

Fighting and the Betta Fish

Contrary to bettas gaining the name “Siamese Fighting Fish” in the wild, they seldom fight. However, if they have to protect their territory or become aggressive during mating, then their aggression is evident. In any home tank or aquarium, this is not a usual situation. When a betta is in an aquarium, there’s a sense of confinement and an inability to escape, so the territorial instinct is significantly magnified. That is why it’s important to keep only one male Betta fish per tank or aquarium. If you would like to add tank mates, only add peaceful, meek fish. Two female Betta fish is usually okay, but you still will notice some aggression or fin nipping. However, this aggressive behavior doesn’t last very long.

Betta fish history is filled with a lot of myths, but also some wonderful true stories about the evolution of the fish we admire today. To know that this radiant, elegant and fascinating fish was once a normal, somewhat dull-looking species is mind-blowing. Thankfully, there were intelligent breeders with a beautiful vision that allow us to enjoy caring for betta fish.

Source: hubpages.com
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