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Common Name:
Most widely used name for the species
Siamese Fighting Fish
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species
Betta Splendens
The area where the animal first came from
Southeast Asia
What kind of foods the animal eats
Size (L):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
6cm - 8cm (2.4in - 3.1in)
Water Type:
Either freshwater, brakish or salt
Optimum pH Level:
The perfect acidity conditions for the animal
6.9 - 7.2
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for
1 - 4 years
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
Least Concern
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal
Favourite Food:Insects
The specific area where the animal lives
Mekong river in south-east Asia
Average Clutch Size:
The average number of eggs laif at once
Main Prey:Insects, Brine Shrimp, Plankton
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
Fish, Cat, Salamander
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal
Feisty temperament and long tail fin

Siamese Fighting Fish Location

Map of Siamese Fighting Fish Locations
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Siamese Fighting Fish

The Siamese fighting fish is a small and colourful carnivorous species of fish found in the Mekong River that runs through a number of countries in south-east Asia.

The Siamese fighting fish is native to the Mekong delta in south-east Asia and although the Siamese fighting fish can today be found naturally in Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia, it is thought to have originated from Thailand.

The Siamese fighting fish was given its name in Thai ikan bettah which means biting fish! The Siamese fighting fish is known for its feisty temperament displayed towards other males and smaller species of fish and can often display very aggressive behaviour towards any animals that the Siamese fighting fish sees as a threat towards it .

The Siamese fighting fish is easily recognised due to the beautiful colours displayed on the body of the Siamese fighting fish. Siamese fighting fish also have long and elaborate coloured fins, which are longer on the male Siamese fighting fish than the fins of the female Siamese fighting fish. The fins of the Siamese fighting fish look particularly elaborate due to the fact that the body of the Siamese fighting fish is relatively small.

The Siamese fighting fish is a carnivorous species of animals and therefore, the diet Siamese fighting fish is meat based. Siamese fighting fish mainly eat insects and brine shrimp and also the larger food particles that are part of the plankton in the water.

Due to it's small size, bright colours and long, attractive fins, the Siamese fighting fish is preyed about by many other animals. The predators of the Siamese fighting fish include larger fish, cats, newts, salamanders, birds and humans who catch the Siamese fighting fish to keep in tanks at home.

The Siamese fighting fish mate in a fashion that involves the male Siamese fighting fish and female Siamese fighting fish spiralling around each other. Between 10 and 45 eggs are released and fertilized at each embrace. Once the female Siamese fighting fish has released all of her eggs, she is chased away from the territory of the male Siamese fighting fish, as it is likely that she'll eat the eggs. The male Siamese fighting fish carefully keeps every egg in his bubble nest, making sure none fall to the bottom, and repairing the bubble nest as needed. The incubation period of the eggs of the Siamese fighting fish is a few days. The Siamese fighting fish only lives for up to 5 years, but the Siamese fighting fish normally will only get to the age of 2 or 3.

The Siamese fighting fish is a fairly hassle free fish to keep in a small aquarium where there only a few fish. The Siamese fighting fish is also a popular aquarium fish due to it's brightly coloured body and elaborate fins. The Siamese fighting fish only has a short lifespan though which means that they won't get to as old as the fish in the garden pond!

Siamese Fighting Fish Comments

"Tysm for this article! This will REALLY help me on my science project! :D"
"i have two of these they fight alot so i split them up"
Smart kid
"this is GREAT 10/10"
Harry Ryan
"These fish hardly flared up though, I would imagine two beta fish that flair at each other would actually fight. I wouldn't know though. "
"this is awesome we have one.. and we love to learn more"
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First Published: 14th November 2008, Last Updated: 9th January 2017 [View Sources]

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3. Dorling Kindersley (2006) Dorling Kindersley Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 14 Nov 2008]
4. Richard Mackay, University of California Press (2009) The Atlas Of Endangered Species [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2009]
5. Tom Jackson, Lorenz Books (2007) The World Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 14 Nov 2008]

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