People who are passionate about Fresh water aquarium fish will, at some point, consider keeping Bettas. Betta fish have an irresistible charm because of their multiple color variations and patterns. What is more, these are excellent qualities which every aquarium owner would desire to have in a fish. Other than the fact that they are the most colorful freshwater fish around, this type of fish is also ideal for someone who doesn’t want to undergo the hustles of keeping a saltwater fish in a home aquarium. Therefore, if you’re one of the few aquarium owners around or are just looking to learn about Betta fish, this piece of information will serve your purpose very well.
Different types of Betta fish grouped according to tail and body shape:
(a)Half Moon Betta
The Half Moon Beta has a beautiful tail which spreads up to 180 degrees, hence the name Half Moon. Others argue that for this Betta to form a Half Moon, its tail needs to form a D-shape. But regardless of whether or not these arguments stand, one thing that is clear is that the Half Moon Betta actually gives the impression of a Half Moon. Moreover, if you intend to keep this fish, you must find it an aquarium of its own. Otherwise, other fish will bite its fins. Also, keep in mind that Half Moons are quite difficult to breed because the males can’t completely wrap the females due to their Half Moon shape and long tail.
(b) Plakat Betta
It looks like the traditional fighting Betta, although the Plakat Betta has short tail and fins. People who are not familiar with Plakat may mistake them for females. Their tails can have a rounded or elongated shape with spiky appearance. The Plakat Betta can be bred with other types as well. Offspring tend to look attractive because of their color variations.
(c)The Double Tail Betta
This type of Betta acquired two tails because of genetic mutation. The Double Tail Betta can look very interesting depending on initial type of fish that was used to breed it. The Double Tail Betta has a shorter than usual body length. However, the bad thing about them is that they are susceptible to catching swim bladder disease. Also, most of their babies never survive once they are born. That is why you may never see the Double Tail Betta in the pet stores quite often. Finally, don’t breed them with other types of fish in the same aquarium. Otherwise, their babies will have a tough time surviving from the word go.
(d)Rose Tail Betta
This fish came about as a result of careful breeding. It looks similar to the Half Moon Betta, except that it has a slightly bigger tail than the former. These tails feature ruffled edges which add to their overall beauty. And even though this type of Betta is very charming, it can be difficult to breed it. The shape and overall appearance of the tail will only be realized if a genetic mutation occurs. However, this would also mean that the fish is very sensitive to diseases, and is likely to die a premature death.
(e)Crown Tail Betta
Nothing except the tail makes this type of Betta very special to the eye. Not only is the Crown Tail Betta so popular, but its spectacular look comes from the fact that it has a tail that is long, spiked and beautiful. So far, there are 3 different types of Crown Tail Bettas. These include the Single Ray, the Double Ray, and finally the Crossed Ray. Of all the 3 types, the Crossed Ray Betta is the cutest, but most difficult to find and keep. Therefore, it would be a matter of sacrificing these shortcomings for its beauty. Finally, you need to realize that they are often a prime target when kept in the same tank with other fish. Another thing that keepers of the Crown Tail ought to know is that this fish has some strict requirements that must be adhered to. For example, the water must be kept clean at all times for it to maintain the shape of its tail. They are also aggressive in nature, but still prone to diseases. This is why you should probably keep them in a small lone tank.
Comb Tail is a cross-breed between Crown Tail and another type of Betta fish. It gets its shape from the Crown Tail Betta. However, it also has longer and thinner fins which give it a unique appearance altogether. Comb Tail Bettas are generally not difficult to breed as you can do it by yourself.
Most Bettas you see around have solid colors – that is, they have one color from the tip of their mouths all the way down to their fins. However, color variations may come in plenty. Red and blue are probably the most dominant colors when breeding. Moreover, red may come in form of extended red – which is an intense form of the red color, and this typically covers their whole body, from mouth to tail and fins.
Blue is the second most popular Betta color. However, Bettas still come in different shades of blue namely steel blue, Royal blue, and Turquoise. Some Royal blue ones also happen to have tints of purplish colors on them. Other colors include Orange, Yellow, Cellophane (which basically means no color or transparent), white opaque (with impurities of red wash or black outlining), Black, copper, chocolate, Cambodian, Marble, etc.
The list of colors available for Betta fish is endless. But the above Betta colors are very common. Perhaps you should take note that producing a true white opaque is very difficult, though it is still possible given the right breeding knowledge. When experimenting with copper, you can get light gold, red copper or deep copper. Copper colored Bettas can even stretch to as far as having some purplish hues. If you can get these ones, then you will observe that their colors shine in the sunlight or when there is bright light around.
The types of Betta fish which aquarium keepers breed can vary widely depending on which method they are using to breed. Rare types of Betta fish are hard to produce, although still possible to realize. These variations are also grouped according to the shape or form of the tail. Again, there are countless types which can be produced when breeding is done for that particular purpose.