Typical betta appearance and behavior
Bettas are generally calm, slow-moving fish who do not require as much space as many other fish. Bettas will "flare" fins when threatened or disturbed and to show aggression.
Male bettas will attack other male bettas, and males have also been known to attack similar-looking fish and fish with flowing fins. Therefore, male bettas should not be housed together or with other species who have long fins.
|Good for beginner aquarists
|Average Life Span
|3-5 years with proper care
|Average Adult Size
|2 1/2 inches long, not including tail
|Minimum Aquarium Size
|1 gallon or larger
Betta fish habitat
- Single bettas- Keep in an appropriately sized aquarium, 1 gallon or larger. Bettas must be able to breathe from the surface of the water. Because bettas are known to jump out of aquariums, there must be space at the top of the aquarium below the lid for them to surface and breathe
- Male bettas - Should be kept individually and do best in habitats of 1 gallon or larger. Male bettas can live successfully in a community aquarium of 10 gallons or larger that does not have aggressive fish (such as tiger barbs, gouramis or giant danios) or fish who bettas may become aggressive toward (such as fancy guppies)
- Female bettas - May be housed with other community fish or other female bettas. If keeping a female betta sorority, a minimum of 15 gallons with numerous hiding places is recommended
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