Betta fish fight to establish a territory, including food resources, shelter, and access to females. This is a common cause of aggressive behavior in many different fish species. There is much debate over whether this fighting behavior is innate or a consequence of how betta fish are reared.
Why my female betta is fighting with the male?
Betta fish also go by the name of Siamese fighting fish for a very good reason. They, especially the males, are extremely pugnacious, scrapping at every opportunity. Two females may coexist, but two males cannot. A male/female pair will only get together briefly at breeding time, and then it’s back to fighting.
Can any fish live with a male betta?
Male Bettas cannot live with other male Bettas, no matter how large the tank is. This is evidenced by their other name: Siamese fighting fish. If put together, males will fight to the death over territory rights. There is no simple formula for determining a Betta’s aggression level.
How often should I feed my betta?
It is recommended to feed your betta fish two to four pellets, once or twice per day. Pellets expand when placed in water and are very filling for your betta fish. Freeze-dried or fresh food can be substituted for their pellet feeding 1 to 2 days per week.
Do betta fish need a filter?
Do Betta fish need a filter? Not using a filter requires commitment and a lot of work. Using a filter is much better for your Betta. When using a filter in a Betta tank, the biggest issue is monitoring the water flow.
What size tank does a betta need?
Bettas need an aquarium with a filter that is at least three gallons. Set up their new home at least one day before they arrive. The minimum size of the aquarium will depend on how many fish you have. For just a betta, the tank should be a minimum of 3 gallons.
How does betta fish breed?
During times of betta fish breeding, male bettas build a bubble nest at the surface and attract a female to it. Once a pair is formed, they engage in an elaborate courtship/mating ritual. When the female begins to lay eggs, the male retrieves them and deposits them in the nest.