Betta fish, also known as Siamese fighting fish, are known for their beauty and aggression, but some hobbyists take these traits to the extreme. Betta fish have changed over the years through selective breeding, among other things.
This requires the breeding of two fish with admiral traits and either an even more refined result or something entirely new. One of the results of this selective breeding is the rare and beautiful green Betta fish.
Read on to find out everything you need to know about Betta fish stains and how Bettas were bred to be green!
About Betta Fisch
Betta fish (Betta splendens) have been loved by the aquarium hobby for decades. Their natural elegance and easy maintenance make them a favorite among beginners and seasoned hobbyists.
However, these fish once started out in the slow moving swamps and floodplains of Southeast Asia, particularly Thailand. Thailand was formerly known as Siam, which is where the name of the Siamese fighting fish comes from.
Over a hundred years ago, these fish were collected from the wild and used for sparring competitions due to their aggressive nature. These games became so popular and commonplace that a tax was assigned. Eventually, this practice was deemed inhuman, but breeders continued to mate their best fish just for beauty.
In the wild, Betta fish are usually brown and green and have fairly short tails. Today, Betta fish are available in almost all pet stores in various shapes and sizes. Reputable breeders bring their fish to national exhibitions and competitions to name their fish the most beautiful and beautiful Betta fish of the year.
In terms of aquarium care for bedfish, this species still needs the attention that most other freshwater fish have. You need a filter, heater, special consideration of tank mates and regular maintenance of the aquariums. The best betta care leads to the best coloring and the most flowing tails.
What is the rarest betta color?
In short, the rarest betta color is believed to be a true solid purple; Typically, ‘purple’ Betta fish appear as a shade of blue or red in certain lighting conditions, which means they aren’t actually purple. However, some hobbyists think that all black or albino bettas are much rarer in numbers, while purple bettas are less common due to demand.
Betta fish have been bred so much that you can find them of just about any shape and color for a relatively cheap price. The most common colors are combinations of red, blue, white and yellow. It is even more common to find fish with patterns that affect both. For the most part, all of these colors can be found across fin variations, although some have been preserved for the specific fin type.
But what makes a betta color rare? There are a few reasons some Betta colors may be harder to find than others, and a lot of it depends on demand, breeding logistics, and genetics.
Believe it or not, the biggest reason you can’t find a specific Betta color, most likely because that shade or shade simply doesn’t have a specific demand for it. Since Betta fish are usually only sold individually, they are not removed from the shelf as quickly as some other fish. This can lead to more deaths and higher upkeep of the business in general.
On a commercial level, more specific colors would involve more specific breeding, which would most likely increase the price in return. For those betta fish connoisseurs who want a solid color or a little more than the typical white, red, and blue betta fish, they are most likely paying big bucks to reputable breeders or selectively breeding these fish themselves.
Right now, customers are buying the simple Siamese fighting fish patterns. It could be argued that various fins are even less in demand than colors on the commercial store scale.
Breeding betta is expensive and time consuming. Male betta fish must be separated from other males, and not all female betta fish can be haremed successfully. This means that individual aquarium structures are required for each male and female fish. Keep in mind that some Betta fish can successfully spawn over 100 new Bettas each time, which quickly leads to too much space!
Not only do these fish need their own containers, they also need to be fed. Most large farms have their own micro-feed farms such as daphnia and brine shrimp to keep up with the demand for growing betta fish.
To breed a specific color, it would be necessary to consider all the Betta fish and choose the best of the best. This would include consideration of genes, although even then the likelihood of producing a particular color or pattern is unlikely.
In order for all rare colors to be regularly available in pet stores, these breeding techniques would have to be straightforward and efficient.
Of course, genetics will play a role in determining whether you’re getting rare colors or the usual hues and patterns. In order to intentionally create a color, both dominant and recessive genes must be known. This means that the fish’s lineage must be known in order to understand which genes were passed on from parents. This would then make it possible to calculate a certain probability of which genes would then be passed on to the offspring.
With all of the variations of betta fish available, it can be difficult to know exactly what colors you will get from breeding. These patterns often make it difficult to get a monochrome betta that is also of a unique tone and hue.
Are there green betta fish?
Yes, there are green betta fish. Most of the time, however, you will find a turquoise betta fish whose scales have a green metallic sheen instead of a green base color. These shadows can be difficult to see, especially in certain lighting conditions.
However, it is known that solid light green and dark green Betta fish exist. However, it is unlikely that you will ever find one in a regular aquarium store!
What is the most beautiful betta fish?
There are many different Betta fish, most of which come from the same Betta splendens species. Each variation has its own beauty that is different from the next, and it is hard to say which tail fin type, veiltail, crescent moon, double tail, crowntail or poster, is really the most beautiful fish.
Veiltail Betta. The most common betta fish to find at your local pet store is the veiltail betta. This type of betta comes in virtually any color and gets its name from the downward-facing fins.
Crescent Betta. The half-moon betta fish tends to have the characteristic Siamese fighting fish silhouette. Their fins are large and shimmer when they swim in the water current. They are characterized by particularly large caudal fins that resemble the shape of a crescent moon.
Double tail Betta. Double Tail Bettas get their name from their split tail fins, which make for an even more spectacular display when swimming. These two fins usually differ in size, but the bettas with a more even tail are more desirable.
The double-tailed betta is not the most popular type of tail, and hobbyists may struggle to find one at their local pet store.
Crowntail Betta. The Crowntail Betta is a new addition to the many different types of Bettas that are now available and have only been discovered over the past 30 years. These fish have quickly become a favorite among many betta enthusiasts due to the pointed appearance of their fins. These fins also make these bettas the easiest to identify!
Plakta Betta. The Male Poster Betta may look like a woman at first, but don’t be fooled, these male Bettas just have shorter fins than other variations! To distinguish a poster Betta from another woman, note how round the caudal fins are and the anal fins come to a point. Today there are two types of Betta posters: the half moon poster and the crowntail poster.
It is believed that these types of betta fish are most closely related to their wild ancestors. With this, it is also believed that they are the most aggressive Siamese fighting fish currently in the hobby. It should also be noted that poster bettas are one of the best types of betta fish, as their short tail fins make them easier to swim like a normal aquarium fish should.
Betta fish have long been popular for their stunning reds, blues, yellows, and whites with overlaid metal scales and ornate tail fins. Their popularity in the aquarium hobby is also due to the minimal need for tanks and the forgiving water parameters.
Despite their beauty and easy tank maintenance, bed fish can live up to 5 years and should never be bought spontaneously. Bettas need a filter, heating and stable water conditions to maintain their gorgeous colors. As always, a new Betta fish should never be placed in a tank that has not been powered.
If you have any questions about betta staining, general care of betta fish, or are lucky enough to own a green betta, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!