Avg. Max Size
Minimum Tank Size
Betta splendens are renowned for their vibrant colors and strong personalities, making them an ideal choice for aquarists of all levels. They are easy to care for, and their behavior can be fascinating to watch. However, due to their territorial nature and combative tendencies, it is important to keep only one male Betta in an aquarium and to house them with other non-aggressive fish species. Additionally, females may be safely housed together in groups, as long as the tank is of adequate size and the females are not too closely related. With the right tank mates and proper care, these fish can make beautiful, lively additions to any aquarium.
An ideal environment for the Betta is a well-filtered aquarium that holds a steady temperature of between 75° and 86°F. For best care, Betta splendens should be kept singly in aquariums of at least 1/4 gallon. It also prefers a variety of hiding places amongst the foliage of freshwater plants. To provide a stress-free and healthy environment for your Betta, having an appropriately-sized aquarium with a filter and heater is essential. Furthermore, keeping a regular maintenance routine for your aquarium will ensure the long-term health of your fish. By following these simple recommendations, you are sure to have a vibrant and healthy Betta in your home.
The Betta can be bred in the home aquarium. For breeding purposes, males and females can be temporarily housed together. Once laid by the female, the eggs are placed inside a bubblenest and tended by the male Betta. Fry appear in about 24 hours and must be fed small food initially, such as crushed or powdered flakes and newly hatched brine shrimp. Fry will also take finely chopped hard-boiled egg.