Betta Fish Facts

Fact #1: When they’re ready to breed or when they’re happy and healthy, male Bettas will build “Bubble Nests” with their saliva.
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Fact #2: Bettas get their vibrant colors from Guanine crystals.
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Fact #3: Male and female Bettas are sexually dimorphic (they have very different appearances).
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Fact #4: Bettas can breathe air using their labyrinth organs.
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Fact #5: Bettas have been selectively bred.
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Fact #6: Their upturned mouths are called “Superior Mouths.”
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Fact #7: “Betta” is a genus, not species. There are over 70 species of Bettas.
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Fact #8: Their fins have taste buds.
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Fact #9: Male Bettas can exhibit a behavior called “Flaring.”
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Fact #10: Of all pet fish, Bettas are the second most common (after Goldfish).
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