fish are typically more ornate and decorated when compared
to their female counterparts. For example, consider
the pair below: 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. He is typically larger than his female
Male Betta Fish Separate!
Unlike female betta
fish, male betta fish CANNOT live together comfortably in
the same tank. If they live together, male betta
fish will become aggressive and fight. This is how
they earned their nickname, "fighting fish." The
males will fight to the death if given the chance, so they
should never be placed together in a tank.
When a male
betta fish is ready to breed, he will create a bubble
nest. These bubble nests will float on the very top of
the tank, and appear like a cluster of small bubbles.
Once made, male betta fish will often stay under the nest as
they wait for a female to mate with. After eggs are
laid, male betta fish will place the eggs into the bubble
nest using their mouths.
The bubble nest allows for a clean, moist, and oxygen rich
environment for the baby betta fish. The male betta
fish will stay under the nest and protect the eggs from any
potential predators. If any eggs fall out, he will
place them back in. Hatching
Male betta fish will
place the eggs into a bubble nest, which he will
create. The baby betta fish will hatch in about
three days. As they hatch, male betta fish will watch
and remain under the bubble nest, catching any eggs that
fall out. Once hatched, the babies are called "fry"
and are very tiny. Neither parent will care for
the babies - they will find their own food as they grow.