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There are 70 different species of betta fish.

admin    February 24, 2019   CATEGORY: Fish Facts

Bad to the Fishbone: Everything You Want to Know About the Bold and Beautiful Betta

The betta fish is bad to the bone, and it knows it. With a personality four times its size and an unforgettable flair, the most popular betta fish are named Japanese fighting fish or Siamese fighting fish for a reason. They can be very aggressive, so much so that they need their own fish tank.

The good news is that they don’t grow to much larger than 2 inches, so they won’t require a whole lot of space. But when someone first said looks can be deceiving, boy, they weren’t lying.

17 Betta Fish Facts You Should Know

1. With their long, full, luxurious, glorious fins waving in the water around them, the Siamese fighting fish look like something between Rapunzel and a peacock.

2. “Fighting” isn’t just their name; it’s in their blood. They were trained to do so for a spectator sport popular in Thailand back in the 1800s. Only a few types of fish are intelligent enough to be trained to do tricks, and the Siamese fighting fish is clearly one of them. By the way, Thailand was once called Siam. … And you thought we were talking about twin fish here! (In fact, the phrase Siamese twins originated there too, but that’s a little trivia for another day.)

Betta fish, frequently identified by the name Siamese Fighting Fish or Japanese Fighting Fish, have characteristic fins and are available in many colors.3. Bettas have upturned mouths. They feed mostly on the surface of water.

4. It’s a myth that they can survive in a little fish bowl. They actually need a lot of space to swim freely.

5. Even though you might be able to get away with a small- to medium-sized tank, do change their water every few days. They don’t particularly like dirty water, and you don’t want to make them angry. You won’t like them when they’re angry.

6. Bettas need substantial foods, especially protein. Dried bloodworms and brine shrimp are good options.

7. The ideal water temperature for them is about 79 degrees.

8. It’s a labyrinth fish, which means it can breathe oxygen from the air as well as through its gills. It can therefore survive outside of the water longer than some other fish. In fact, it may be able to live on land for several hours as long as it stays wet.

9. Males and females are on equal ground in their underwater world. They’ll fight each other regardless of gender.

10. The pH level of their water should be about 6.5 to 7.

The Siamese Fighting Fish is very aggressive, so it often needs its own fish tank.11. They generally live up to three years, but with tender loving care, they might live several years beyond that.

12. There are 70 different species of bettas, although most people think of the Siamese fighting fish/Japanese fighting fish in relation to betta fish.

13. Male bettas protect and raise the babies.

14. Different types of betta fish have different color patterns and tail shapes. Pet bettas can be found in virtually every color under the sun, and individual bettas and their fins can be multicolored. In the wild, their coloring may be paler.

15. Male bettas tend to be larger and more colorful than the females.

16. Bettas create bubble nests for mating purposes.

17. Female fighting fish are more likely to cohabitate than the male fish, so you don’t always have to keep them alone.

Wanna Bet on a Betta?

We at Seatech Aquariums love betta fish, and we bet you will too. If you’re interested in designing a fish tank for Siamese fighting fish or any other bettas, we’ll be here ready to help.

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admin    September 19, 2018   CATEGORY: Fish Facts

19 Simple Fun Facts about Fish and Aquarium Living

Think you know a lot about those fish in your aquarium and fish in the wild? Because there are so many species of fish and their characteristics vary so widely, there’s a good chance there are a whole lot of fun facts about fish and aquarium living that you’re missing.

Consider these fun facts about fish for starters:

1. Goldfish have teeth at the back of their throats that they use to grind food.

2. Remember what you learned about Pavlov’s classical conditioning research? It seems to apply to fish too, as some can associate certain sounds with feeding time.

3. Playing dead by floating at the top of a tank can be a smart way for some fish to protect themselves.

4. Fish were here before the dinosaurs.

5. There are about 30,000 species of fish.

Fun Facts about Fish and Aquarium Living: There are about 30,000 species of fish.

6. The world’s smallest fish, the Paedocypris progenetica, is less than one-third of an inch. This translucent fish looks like larva and is a member of the carp family. The second smallest is the Philippine goby, which is about as long as your pinky fingernail.

7. Although they feel pain and have instincts that protect them, we don’t know if fish have true emotion such as happiness. Many people believe that they don’t, but it’s possible that we haven’t learned to pick up on the cues that indicate their emotions. A human who is happy, for example, might smile, and one who is shocked might open his eyes widely. The same is not true for fish, but they might have their own signs.

8. A clownfish weighs about 9 ounces.

Here are some fun facts about fish, such as that the average clownfish weighs 9 ounces.

9. Fish have taste buds on their tongue, lips, and body. A large catfish can have 175,000 taste buds. A human, in comparison, has about 10,000.

10. The fish in the middle of a school is the school’s leader.

11. A recent study showed that there’s a possibility aquarium fish recognize familiar faces. In this study, archerfish were able to “spit” at a picture of one particular face from 44 different pictures with an accuracy of more than 80%.

12. Vision varies depending on the needs of certain fish. Some are colorblind, some have limited light cues, and others can see color clearly and distinctly.

13. A male neon tetra tends to be slender while the female is plumper, which is common for many breeds of fish.

14. There are more than 1,300 types of cichlids.

Fun Facts about Fish and Aquarium Living: Some fish, such as cichlids, are mouth breeders.

15. Some fish, including many cichlids, are mouth breeders, meaning that the parent carries the eggs in their mouth until they are hatched.

16. It is said that male Siamese fighting fish were bred for aggression before the 19th century.

Fun Facts about Fish and Aquarium Living: Siamese fighting fish were likely bred for aggression prior to the 19th century.

17. There are more than 1,000 species of sharks.

18. Fishes’ ability to protrude their jaws allows them to get that prey that would otherwise not be within reach.

19. Sailfish are considered the fastest fish in the ocean. They can swim at a speed of about 70 mph.

The world under the water is truly amazing. You can learn new fun facts about fish every day based on the species, its location, its normal characteristics, and so much more.

In fact, you’ve probably heard the saying that only a small percentage of the ocean has been discovered. What will we find next?

 

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