betta fish behavior)
so here are some tips, info and history on the betta
and betta fish behavior.
(don't worry, it won't be like a history class ) My
betta will be narrating...
chose me over other fish? Well for one thing, we don't
NEED a filter to live (but it would be nice to have
one) because of our labyrinth organ. It lets
us take air directly from the surface and we like to
take air that way. People at stores sell us in small
containers and people sell small containers for us because
we can live in harsh conditions. But that doesn't mean
we enjoy it, and we prefer larger spaces.
I'm going into it too fast. Lets start from the beginning.
ago, the first bacteria appeared on earth. Too far?
Ok Ok! We'll start at the beginning of the betta.
were first discovered in Siam, about 150 years ago.
The Siamese discovered us in little slow streams, ponds,
ditches and rice patties. Now you might think "Why
would you fight such a pretty fish?". Well, we
weren't always as pretty as we are now. We used to be
a brownish dark greenish and had fins only big enough
so we could swim. People began fighting us, and the
craze started. People started to trade everything they
owned for bettas! Even the king of Siam wanted us and
collected us and made us fight.
king gave Dr. Theodor Cantor, a doctor with the Bengal
medical service, a few of his prized bettas and 9 years
later, he named us Macropodus Pugnax. In 1909 our names
were changed because Mr. Tate Regan told him that that
name was already taken. So we were renamed Betta
Splendens. That is when the name "Betta"
sounds like an odd name, and people think that there
was a warrior tribe that was called "Bettah".
So we were named betta Splendens.
like I said, bettas weren't always beautiful, but when
did the color come in? In 1927. A man named Mr. Frank
Locke had a shipment of bettas and we were colorful!
He probably thought that this was a new species of us,
and named us Betta Cambodia. All this color is just
a new mutation. After years and years of breeding bettas,
people have created many strains of color.
think we went from ugly, ragged fighting fish to beautiful,
brightly colored fish! We've come a long way! Even now,
in the wild, we still look greenish brown and have short
fins, but they are wild and have not mutated.
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