- great black color
- ideal for breeding
- short fin shape
- easy care
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|Water values:||soft to hard|
|Aquarium size:||54 l (approx. 60cm)|
|Visual effect:||interesting body shape|
|Fish group:||Labyrinth fish|
|Diet:||carnivore - meat eater|
|Final size:||4-8 cm|
|Difficulty:||1 - Simple|
|with large crabs?:||No|
|with dwarf crabs?:||No|
|with shrimps?:||Socialization not possible|
|Age Expectancy:||3-5 years|
Originally originate Betta splendens from relatively oxygen-poor and partly tide-influenced stagnant waters, between the islands of Bali to Indonesia across the Malay Peninsula to Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia. Not only the intense and bright colors, but also the easy breeding and especially the keeping, make Siamese Fighting Fish to sought-after and very popular new housemates.
Here you get a male adult (LG/XL)fighting fish with short fins (poster) in the color black.
Although male fighting fish are strict loners, the females are great to keep in same-sex groups. They too can become loyal and tame family fish if you spend a little time with them. Male fighting fish can be distinguished from females by their imposing fins. These can grow up to three times as large as those of the females. Even though females develop a so-called genital papilla, this is not always a sexual characteristic.
Breeding the fighting fish is possible in several ways. The most common method is probably to keep the selected breeding pair separate from each other and "get them in the mood" with large amounts of live and frozen food. The water temperature may be increased up to 28 °C for this purpose. The stimulated male starts to build a foam nest at the water surface with the help of water plants. As soon as the female is placed with the male, you can tell by her behavior if she is ready to mate. You can also find a comprehensive breeding report on our blog.
By far, the fighting fish is the only known aquarium fish that can be kept alone in aquariums without technology. Aquariums without technology require special attention and sometimes need to be maintained more intensively than filtered aquariums. Concerning its water values the fighting fish is very tolerant and can be maintained in almost all hardnesses, if it was acclimated properly and the water temperature is at least 26° C. In the community aquarium the fighting fish claims its own territory of 40-50 cm on average, which it regularly swims off and "defends" - mainly threatening with raised gill covers, but will not seriously attack any fellow fish. However, since this costs him a lot of energy, he will probably live shorter.
KaFis like dense weed cover, especially in the middle to upper water zone, on which they also rest at times. These intelligent animals observe a lot and can even recognize their keepers. After a short time they even eat food from tweezers and are also capable of jumping, among other reasons therefore the aquarium should be covered. In their habitat, the fish sometimes jump between puddles and open water during mating season. Since the fish breathes at the surface of the water, this air should be warmed, otherwise it can get an inflammation of the labyrinth organ - here, too, the cover offers advantages.
Fighting fish feeds on approaching insects and tiny crustaceans, so it can be kept conditionally with well-reproducing dwarf shrimp , but it may eat their offspring. An alternative could be Amano shr imps, but it is possible that he will nibble on them, although he will not get them into his mouth. Dwarf crayfish can pinch the long and soft fins of the KaFi sensitively, which is why they are just as unsuitable as crayfish for socialization. A species tank would be advantageous. In a community aquarium it can be socialized with not too hectic and not fin-nibbling fish like tetras, barbs and loricariids , but we rather recommend to keep them alone. Long-finned fish are sometimes perceived as competition by male Bettas and also cause great stress.
As a carnivore, the fighting fish can be fed a fairly varied diet of fine soft granules for bettas, but also excellent live and frozen foods such as white, red and black mosquito larvae, grindalworms, artemia, daphnia and enchytraea.
Our food recommendation: With the NatureHolic BettaFeed a special food for fighting fish has been tailor-made, whose soft soft granules resemble 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 male Black poster|
|Difficulty level:||for beginners|
|Origin/Distribution:||Southeast Asia, Bali, Indonesia, Sumatra, Borneo, Java, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia|
|Coloration:||Male with strong stature, short black fins and black body|
|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,|
- Item no: 29099