Siamese Fighting Fish

Betta splendens

General information: This small fish is out in the Adelaide River floodplain of the Northern Territory, it has established, become a feral occupier in the wetlands around the river. Some adults were collected from the carpark of the Adelaide River boat ramp during a flood in 2014 then bred into numbers in ponds at Aquagreen, they are all in together the same as the wetlands, they sort out their own small territories. It is suggested that males are kept alone and if breeding these fish that females only introduced to the males in a 2 ft aquarium with places for her to get away from the male if required. These fish are bubble nesters and have well documented breeding process. All the fish in the photos are males some have shorter fins. The fins will grow longer once they are away from the pond where they grew up and kept on their own. The best water quality for this fish is, temperature 27 to 30 deg C, pH 6.5 to 8, hardness 20 to 100 ppm, alkalinity 20 to 60 ppm. Diet - In the wild they are carnivores eating small crustaceans, insects and insect larvae. In the aquarium they can be fed pellets. May be fed Brine shrimp, Daphnia, pieces of prawn and bloodworms occasionally

Distribution : The home range of this fish is the Mekong Basin. The countries that the Mekong River passes through are Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Burma and Thailand. Be nice to your Bettas, give them a tank over 15 litres with a hiding place.

Selling details : Sold as individuals over 4 cm

Reference: Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors "Fishbase" ,