Gallery of Beautiful Bettas
There was a time when the betta, also known as the Siamese fighting fish, could only be found in red, blue and the occasional green at your local pet shop. Today, these fish are truly the jewels of the hobby aquarium world.
Dedicated breeders have worked to establish different fin types as well as an array of color combinations and patterns that could put a rainbow to shame. The possibilities are truly endless.
Take a look at the following pictures, and know that this is just a small sample of the incredible beauty these fish have to offer.
The Crowntail Betta
The crowntail is a fascinating variety of betta. Through selective breeding, hobbyists have reduced the webbing between the rays of the fins to create a fringed effect. As striking as this fish looks in this photo, it's nothing compared to seeing a live crowntail on the alert and flaring.
The Veiltail Betta
The veiltail is the most common betta you'll find at most pet shops, although the word common hardly does these fish justice. They come in every color and pattern imaginable, and their fins will grow quite long and luxurious if you take really good care of them.
Cambodian Dalmatian Female Betta
Male bettas seem to draw the lion's share of attention because they are so striking, and there certainly was a time when females were only available in drab colors. This is not the case anymore.
Today, you can find females that are just as interesting and colorful as their male counterparts. Take the female in this photo as an example. She is a Cambodian Dalmatian. "Cambodian" refers to her clean, pink body color, while "Dalmatian" refers to the random spotting on her finnage.
Halfmoon Plakat Betta
Plakats are the wild type of bettas, and they look significantly different from their fancy-tailed relatives. The plakat is built for fighting, so he has shorter finnage and a fiercer attitude.
Hobbyists have also done some selective breeding with plakats and produced varieties including the red dragon platinum halfmoon plakat pictured here. He's called a halfmoon due to the size and shape of his tail. The term "red dragon platinum" refers to his basic color which is overlaid with with a silvery sheen.
Halfmoon Butterfly Betta
Although this betta is resting his finnage, he is a halfmoon. The halfmoon betta's tail is rounded and looks distinctly like a halfmoon when the fish flares.
This betta also displays the butterfly pattern on his finnage. There is a distinct band of color all around the outside edges. In this case the color is white, but other butterflies have different color edges or even clear edges.
The Halfmoon Betta
Here's a better example of a halfmoon betta, although this fish is not quite fully flared. Still, you can see how this type of finnage is quite different from the veiltail.
Halfmoons are highly sought after, and they command a higher price. While the veiltail can usually be purchased for around $5.00, the halfmoon costs approximately three times as much. Purchase a halfmoon directly from a show breeder, and you can expect to pay $35.00 or more depending on the fish's quality, color and pattern.
So Much More to See...
Hopefully this gallery has has peaked your interest in these amazing fish. As beautiful as they are, they also have very interesting personalities. Yes, they are feisty, but each fish seems to have some distinct characteristics of its own. Just like snowflakes, no two bettas are completely alike, and that is just one of many interesting facts about these fish!