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Scientific Name Betta splendens  Regan, 1910
Common Names Siamese Fighting Fish
Siamesischer Kampffisch (Germany)
Type Locality Menam River [= Mae Nam Chao Phraya], Thailand.
Etymology Betta: Siamese local name of the fish "ikan bettah". 
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Size 65mm or 2.6" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
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Distribution Asia: Mekong basin.
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Compatibility Males are territorial towards anything seen as "similar". The common name of Fighting fish is well deserved, and a dominant male will kill anything it thinks is a competing male.
Suggested Tankmates The long fins on the males can become a tempting target for fin-nippers, so avoid mixing with fish that are known to nip other fish's fins.
Also best to avoid other colourful/long-finned fish that may be seen as competitors.
Breeding Male builds a bubble nest under a leaf or piece of floating plastic (margarine tub lid or similar), then entices the female into lay eggs in the nest, and guards the eggs/fry until they are free swimming.
It is best to remove the female after the spawn, as the male may see her as a threat.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1909 (pt 4) (art. 2) (for 9 Nov. 1909), pp 782.
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Last Update 2019 Oct 26 05:27 (species record created: 2011 Jul 03 04:07)