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Betta Fish

Freshwater tropical fish are not known as a colourful and vibrant fish especially when compared to their marine or saltwater cousins. One freshwater fish that defies this stigma is the Betta fish. Known also as the Siamese Fighting fish, the Betta Splenden might be one of the most beautiful and striking of all aquarium fish - saltwater or freshwater. The Betta survives in the wild rice paddies and ponds of Thailand but has been domesticated for some 800 years now. The Bettas seen on shelves in your local pet store bares little resemblence to those still swimming freely in the wild. Centuries of breeding have turned the Betta Splendon into a thing of grace and beauty.  Breeders have developed long flowing fins and an array of breath taking colours that never fail to grab a guests attention, particularly in the case of male Bettas.  The photo below shows a male Betta in full flare - a position it adopts when it encounters a rival male or even when it sees itself in a mirror.

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This is an awesome Fish!

Editor's Note

This site is a labour of Love and I have attempted to provide as much information as I can to enable anyone to set up and enjoy a Betta tank of their own. Before emailing me with questions I urge you to look through all the articles and links provided in these pages as you will find answers to most of your questions.

This is not to say that I don't enjoy emails... I do! The problem is that the response has overwhelmed me and I am have trouble keeping up with requests. ( If you haven't heard back from me yet I sincerely apologize and ask for your patience )

A lot of emails have been about subjects that are touched on in this site so I encourage you to read all the articles. I have received requests for new pages on certain topics and have been adding these pages as fast as I can. The compatability page is the most recent example and if there is a topic you would like to see explored - just ask and I will do my best to provide it.

I have been deluged with emails asking me where you can buy products or guides in relation to various aspects of breeding or maintaining your Bettas. It is not my desire to promote anything other than Bettas on this site but I have decided it is easier to add links for the products that I am frequently asked about rather than trying to answer all the emails. For that reason you will find these links throughout the site but I strongly suggest that you seek out a pet shop or vet clinic in your area first.

I hope you enjoy this site and thank you all for the support you have shown.

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