Boxing gloves are not need for these fresh water fish called the fighting fish!
The fighting fish is a small quarrel some fish that lives in the waters surrounding the Malay Archipelago. It is often called the “Betta” or Siamese fighting fish. It is dainty and attractive with long waving tail and fins. When the male is excited it becomes colored with reds, greens, purples and blues. Only the male is the fighter.
Fighting fish dash at one another, biting the opponent’s fins until one of the fish is exhausted. One will even attack its own image in a mirror! Watching fights between male fighting fish is popular sport among the Siamese. These fish live on insects and insect eggs. These fish also like frozen and freeze dried food and if feeding flake food they need to frozen or freeze dried to have a balanced diet. Brine shrimp, plankton, glassworms should help.
Most of these fighting fish live to only one year old or less. The males become aggressive in the mating ritual and build a bubble nest. The males and females will now have intense colors until mating has been completed. The males tend to their young and after females drop her eggs and then moves on. The eggs will hatch roughly one or two days.
The fighting fish Betta Splendens belongs to the family Anabantidae. The fighting fish grow to a length of about two and half inches. The veil tailed variety is a favorite in the aquarium because of its beauty.
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