Betta fish are native to the Mekong Delta in southeast Asia, a wetland that extends from China to Vietnam. They were first kept as pet fish in Thailand and Malaysia. The common name for bettas is Siamese fighting fish, which comes from Siam, an old name for Thailand.
Bettas have been raised by people since at least the 19th century. They were caught in the local rice paddies and made to fight against each other for the amusement of on-lookers. Wild bettas live in deep, warm, slow-moving waters with dense vegetation. The colorful ornamental varieties available today are very different from the greenish wild-type fish. Selective breeding has produced the range of colors and fin types seen in aquariums today.Learn More
The bullseye snakehead is a slender fish species, roughly 3 feet in length and native to southeast Asia and southern China. Beginning in 2000, the species has been found in several lakes and canals in southern Florida.Full Answer >
The lionfish is native to the reef habitats of the Indo-Pacific, an area that extends from Western Australia to Japan and throughout Micronesia. It also resides off the East Coast of the United States and as far south as the Turks Islands.Full Answer >
Betta fish don't become pregnant the way mammals do. When betta fish reproduce, the male and female enter into a courtship ritual. The female ejects eggs, and the male fertilizes them externally with sperm. The male then builds a bubble nest in the aquarium and places the eggs in them.Full Answer >
A red-cap oranda is a variety of fancy goldfish that was originally developed in China. Orandas are goldfish which display a bubble-like growth on the crown of their heads called a wen. Red-cap orandas are pure white with only the wen showing red.Full Answer >