fish are typically less ornate and decorated when compared
to their male counterparts. For example, consider the
male betta fish is seen on the left, with much larger fins
and more elaborate colors. The female betta fish is on
the right, with more dull colors. If a female betta
fish is responsive to a male betta fish's mating
efforts, her colors can darken. She will typically be
smaller than the male betta fish.
Sorority Unlike male betta fish, female betta fish
can live together comfortably in the same tank. When
they live together, the cohort is called a 'sorority'.
Generally, a good number to keep together is 4-6 female
betta fish. They enjoy having their own personal
space, meaning that they should have enough foliage to hide
in when they want to be alone. Often, plants or
aquarium decorations can serve as good hiding places for
betta fish. Laying
betta fish mate, the females will lay eggs. The
eggs come from what is often termed an "egg spot," seen
encircled above. The spot looks like a grain of
salt, and is actually the ovipositor tube where the eggs
will come out of. This is a way to identity a female
betta fish if you are unsure of the sex. Eggs
and Baby Bettas
After mating, the pair
should be separated. Male betta fish will place the
eggs into a bubble nest, which he will create (see Male Betta Fish).
The baby betta fish will hatch in about three days.
They are called "fry" and are very tiny. Neither
parent will care for the babies - they will find their own
food as they grow.