Right up there with the goldfish, Bettas are one of the most easily recognizable and commonly kept fish in the aquarium hobby. Bettas belong to a suborder of fish called Anabantoids, which have a unique structure in their mouths, a lung-like labyrinth organ, which enables them to breathe air. Bettas come in an array of colors and patterns. Their most noticeable feature are the male’s long, flowing fins. Females can be equally as vibrant in their coloring, but tend to have much smaller fins. Wild Bettas have much more muted coloring and smaller fins. Such extravagant decorations that are typical in the aquarium would be a hindrance to wild fish.
Care Level: Easy*
Preferred Water: pH 6.5 to 7.5, soft water
Ideal Temperature: 70 to 85 °F (21°C – 29.4 °C)
Maximum Size : 3″ to 6″ (7.62 cm to 15.24 cm)
Average Lifespan: 3 to 5 years Continue reading “Betta Splendens – Species Profile”