The betta got its name from an ancient clan of warriors, called the "Bettah." The fish were given a combatant name after the fighting fish became popular in the mid-1800s. In fact, the sport became so renowned in Thailand that the former King of Siam had it regulated and taxed! Spectators of the sport based their bets on the bravery of the fish, rather than the damage inflicted by the victor.
Bettas, unlike other species, are not schooling fish and will fight with each other, regardless of gender. Bettas prefer to swim alone and also need a comfortable place to hide. Aquatic caves or dense, planted corners work great in making a betta feel safe
Interesting betta facts
* Bettas prefer slightly acidic water (pH 6.5 to 7) and warm water. Cold water can suppress the immune system and cause illness.
* Betta's have several different tail shapes - the most common being the "veil tail." Other tail shapes include
the "half-moon," "double tail," "short-finned fighting-style tail" and "crown tail."
* Bettas normally live 2 - 3 years, but there have been a few cases of bettas living well into their teens.
* The betta is known as "plakad" in its native Thailand and has often been referred to as "The Jewel of the Orient."