Betta fish are an extremely popular freshwater fish that many hobbyists like to keep as pets. Bettas come in a stunning range of colors and shapes, many of which are truly spectacular. The White Opal Betta is a color morph that isn’t as in demand as other lighter shades, and that’s a shame because these types can’t be any less beautiful.
In this guide, we’re going to take a look at the White Opal Betta to show you what you might be missing out on!
What is a white opal betta?
Bettas are not difficult to care for as long as they are provided with the right water conditions and nutrition. Combined with their beauty, they are a popular choice with many aquarists. These fish also have personalities who learn to recognize and interact with their pet owners, perform simple tricks, and patrol their territory with insatiable curiosity.
But it’s the betta’s colors and fins that make it such a popular pet. Betta fish were crossed over many decades To produce fish with the incredibly vibrant colors and beautiful, flowing fins.
White Opal Betta fish have completely white bodies and fins, often with a subtle pearlescence. The fish sometimes appear pink because the flesh of the fish is visible through the scales.
Are white bettas rare?
White bettas are perhaps one of the more unusual color variations you’ll find in fish stores, as many hobbyists prefer the brightly colored specimens that really pop in the tank. However, you can find many specimens of White Opal online or at specialist retailers.
A pure white betta can look absolutely spectacular depending on the type of tail you choose. Here are some of the tail shapes to look out for when choosing your white opal betta.
Crowntail Bettas first appeared in Indonesia about 25 years ago and were created by Betta breeder Ahmad Yusuf.
Males of this type of Betta fish have fins that resemble a long, spiky crown, while females have shorter tails and look less spectacular.
Veiltail bettas are very common in most fish stores. These fish have long, flowing tails that fall down like a veil. If you are in the mood to breed Bettas, the Veiltail is the easiest to grow as this tail shape is the most genetically dominant.
Unlike other betta fish, plakats have short, thickened bodies and round tails that do not trail and flow. Even so, male fish of this variety still have incredible coloring.
Posters are the original bettas found in nature. The fancy, colorful, tailed varieties you see today are all bred and hybridized from wild poster populations. Posters are the original Siamese fighting fish specially bred to fight against each other while viewers placed bets on the fish they thought would win.
Crescent bettas have large tails that form a semicircle that looks like a crescent moon, hence their name. These fish first appeared in betta shows in the 1980s and have been popular with enthusiasts ever since.
Crescent bettas are more aggressive than other varieties, with the exception of plakats.
Double tail Betta
Double tail bets have two separate tails and large, long dorsal fins. Their bodies are generally short and stocky, similar to a poster.
Interestingly, the double-tailed betta gene is found in many other varieties of betta, which sometimes results in single-tailed fish having larger dorsal fins with more rays than normal bettas.
Elephant ear Betta
Elephant ear bettas are also known as Dumbo bettas. As you can probably guess from their name, these fish have huge pectoral fins that resemble elephant ears. Sometimes this variant can be found in rather drab colors in the wild, while the captive-grown specimens come in a variety of eye-catching colors, including white opal.
Delta Tail Betta
Delta Tail Bettas are named after the Greek letter ‘D’ or Delta. The tail narrows towards the fish’s body and widens around the edges so that it resembles the triangular shape of the Greek letter. There is also a spectacular variant known as the Super Delta. In these remarkable fish, the tail can have a 180 degree flare.
The tail edges are smooth with no crowns or combs.
The Rosetail Betta is a variant of the Half Moon Betta.
With rose details, the total spread of the fish’s caudal fin is greater than 180 degrees. The tail has branched rays that give the fin the appearance of a rose. In fish where the tail is excessively branched and curled, the variety is often referred to as a feather tail.
Are white opal bets changing color?
In general, white opal betta fish do not change color. However, if your colored betta fish turns whiteThere might be an issue that needs to be investigated, or it might just be your fish getting on for years.
If you have a white betta and it appears very pink, it may be because there is a health issue that you need to address, stress or improper feeding.
White Opal Betta Care
Bettas are generally fairly easy to care for as long as you give them the water conditions they prefer and a varied, nutritious diet.
Here is a quick overview of how to care for your white opal betta fish.
Betta size and lifespan
All Bettas grow to be anywhere from 2 to 2.5 inches without their fins. Provided you give your fish the right care and living conditions, you can expect them to live three to four years.
Although Bettas are small fish, they are very territorial and are best suited to a larger tank with a few peaceful tank mates.
Read more about how to choose the best home for your white opal betta Here.
Bettas are tropical fish that need warm water to thrive. So, you’ll need to heat your pet’s tank to a temperature between 78 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The pH value should be between 6.5 and 7.5 and the water hardness should be in the range from 3 to 5 dKH.
Nutrition and diet
You should Feed your betta fish twice a day with a fasting day per week to allow the digestive system to process everything. This will help keep your fish healthy and prevent conditions like gas and constipation from developing.
Your betta is omnivorous, although its diet should consist primarily of fleshy protein in the form of blood worms, daphnia, brine shrimp, and more. The main food of your betta is special betta pellets, which are supplemented with live or frozen meaty foods.
Only feed your fish what it’ll eat in a few minutes. Overfeeding can lead to digestive problems and uneaten food will pollute your tank.
White opal betta fish are breathtaking to look at and complement your aquarium just as impressively as their colorful cousins.
There are also a variety of tail types to choose from, so you’re sure to find a white betta fish that looks really beautiful. You may even fall so much in love with the white betta that you breed these stunning fish as a hobby to create your own strain.