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|Water values:||soft to hard|
|Fish group:||Labyrinth fish|
|with shrimps?:||with shrimps from 4-6 cm size|
|Diet:||carnivore - meat eater|
|Aquarium size:||54 l (approx. 60cm)|
|Visual effect:||Especially colorful|
|Final size:||4-8 cm|
|Difficulty:||1 - Simple|
|with large crabs?:||No|
|with fish?:||conditional* (see description)|
|with snails/shells?:||conditional* (see description)|
|with dwarf crabs?:||No|
|Age Expectancy:||3-5 years|
Betta splendens, the so called fighting fish, originates from Asia and enjoys increasing popularity in aquaristics due to its easy keeping. Originally, the Betta splendens was domesticated for fish fights due to its natural high aggression potential towards other (fighting) fish, which unfortunately still enjoys great popularity in the Thai tradition. Kafis can be kept quite uncomplicated even by beginners.
Here you get a female fighting fish, which may differ from the picture, because they are individuals. You can also find males in the store.
Among the fighting fish, females are somewhat smaller and less heavily finned than the males, but you can also easily distinguish them by their genital papilla. You can keep females together as a group of girls, but do not keep them with males, otherwise they will live up to their name.
KaFis are so popular because of their relatively easy breeding, the increasing number of colorful and changeable breeding forms and the rather low keeping requirements. Fighting fish males are characterized above all by their partly very large fin forms and their bright colors. This strict loner can become very trusting, if you give him enough attention and mosquito larvae .
Because of its habitat and territorial behavior, the fighting fish can be kept alone in an aquarium. In a community aquarium it will claim a territory of 30-40 cm, which it will regularly swim off and defend against fellow fish. Usually it will not seriously attack or injure them, but will clearly threaten them. Due to its large fins, this tires it out quite quickly and gives it a correspondingly short life, which is why it shouldpreferably be kept alone . Fighting fishes donot like any glaring lighting and thus no bright, reflective bottom grounds, so that their aquarium may be quite densely weedy just in the middle and upper water zone and rather half-shady, but still leaves enough space to breathe.
Although it has already been possible to keep it with adult dwarf shrimp , no offspring will develop here and as a rule little is to be seen of the shrimps, since these hide themselves permanently and are possibly even eaten. The socialization with snails is conditionally possible - the Betta is curious and will possibly also examine these for taste.
The carnivorous fighting fish can be fed mainly with Live food like white mosquito larvae. Most can be switched to special Betta food and fed rather sparingly, but more often so that it does not fall off and rot on the bottom.
Our food recommendation: With the NatureHolic BettaFeed a special food for fighting fish was tailor-made, whose soft granules remind of the consistency of insect larvae in nature. The soft beads protect the sensitive fish mouth from micro-cracks caused by too hard food grains. The specially developed NH Immun+ complex as well as the NH Color+ high-performance additive support the immune system and the magnificent color formation of the fish.
Our plant recommendation: Use for planting NatureHolic InVitros. These are free from snails, planaria and other unwanted co-inhabitants. Also free of algae spores, bacteria and fungi.
Expert Tip: We recommend when keeping fish the NatureHolic 3 Phase Liquid. The care set offers the best all-round protection for your animals. It ensures optimal conditions for successful breeding and keeping.
|Scientific name:||Betta splendens|
|German Name:||Fighting fish female|
|Difficulty level:||for beginners|
|Origin/Distribution:||Southeast Asia, Bali, Indonesia, Sumatra, Borneo, Java, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia|
|Coloration:||Males more robust with large colored fins, females more stocky with short fins and more pastel colored|
|Age expectancy:||2-3 years|
|Water parameters:||GH, KH, pH, adaptable, temperature 26-28°C|
|Tank size:||60 l and up|
|Food:||Carnivorous, live and frozen food, special betta food|
|Behavior:||territorial/aggressive towards conspecifics|
|Group size:||maximum (!) 1 animal, females also in groups|
|Further information:||Ten typical aquarium fish for beginners and alternatives to them, Tips for acclimating fish to the aquarium, XXL blog fighting fish in aquaristics, Feeding aquarium fish properly - cheap food and what it can do,|
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