Siamese Fighting Fish
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Popular Name: Siamese Fighting Fish
Species: Betta splendens
Profile of the Siamese Fighting Fish
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Siamese Fighting Fish species.
Size: Up to 6cm
Fish Tank conditions: Temp: 24 -30 Degrees
Diet / Feeding: Bloodworms, Mosquito Larvae, Brine Shrimp, Daphnia
Temperament: As their name suggests, they are aggressive and will fight to the death!
Habitat: Freshwater Rice Paddies of Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia
Behaviour: Males tend to be more aggressive, advisable not to keep males together
Range: Asia, Mekong Basin
Scientific Classification of the Siamese Fighting Fish
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.
Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Siamese Fighting Fish?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!
Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Siamese Fighting Fish slimy?
Siamese Fighting Fish secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Siamese Fighting Fish to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.
Interesting Facts and Information - Why do Siamese Fighting Fish have gills?
Gills enable the Siamese Fighting Fish to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.
Interesting Facts and Information - Why do the Siamese Fighting Fish have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:
Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Siamese Fighting Fish has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.
Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Siamese Fighting Fish has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.
Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Siamese Fighting Fish has Caudal fins to propel through the water.
Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Siamese Fighting Fish has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement
Interesting Facts and Information about Siamese Fighting Fish