Welcome, all of you to my blog and today I will share each and every fact you need to know about the topic: Betta Fish in the Wild!!! Yes, Peeps, I am going to share some unknown facts about every type of betta fish even from the Crowntail Betta to the Veiltail Bettas!
Bettas are the Siamese Fighting fish also known as Betta Splendens, is the most loved pet fish by all the people around the world. They have a great body, colors and types of fins for which they are preferred by every fish keeper especially the male bettas.
Bettas were used for the purpose of fighting before A.D 1200 and were kept by the people of Thailand in Captivity. Betta fish was very popular among Thai people for fighting along with other animals due to its aggressive nature. Bettas are very aggressive and also listed as vulnerable on IUCN Red List for Threatened Species.
I have been receiving many questions from different betta keepers about betas such as their diet, natural habitat, their behavior of living and many more. Reading about the environment in which the betta fish lives in the wild is very beneficial for all the betta keepers around the globe because if you will maintain the natural habitat’s environment in the aquarium of your betta fish, then he will feel more comfortable and healthy while living with you. So, just take rest and read the following 9 Facts that will eliminate any ambiguity about bettas living in natural habitat which is called wild!
1. What do Betta Fish Do in the Wild?
Bettas prefer to live in shallow and freshwater areas such as ponds, canals and rice paddies. They have some interesting activities while living in the wild such as swimming for a long time, breeding and also eating insects, larvae, worms, shrimps and other small fish.
2. What do Betta Fish eat in the Wild?
Bettas are a carnivore and their body requires a high protein diet. They have access to a large amount of high protein food as listed below
- Tiny Fish
- Panagrallus Redivivus
- Common Water Fleas
- Brine Shrimps
- Small Fish
3. How do Betta Fish Survive in the Wild?
As betta fish is a carnivore and a fighter fish so its natural habitat has all the necessary requirements to make them survive happily. They eat live food, worms, shrimps and other small fish. They swim for a long time in a large amount of water which makes them happy and healthy
4. Do Betta Fish Live Alone in the Wild?
Male betta fish does not like any other male bettas to live with! Yes, Bettas can live alone as long as they do not have any of the female bettas with them. However, many of the female betta fish can live with one male betta fish.
5. How do Betta Fish Mate in the Wild?
Male betta fish is too aggressive by nature; on the other hand, many female bettas can live together and can not live with any other betta especially with another male betta. However, if there is time to mate, only then male betta will live with female bettas. Male betta fish first makes a bubble’s nest when they need to mate.
6. Where can I Find Betta Fish in the Wild?
Bettas can be found in freshwater like canals, rice paddies, streams, ponds and rivers. Betta fish loves to swim in a large amount of water so searching for them in rivers, canals would be very beneficial!
7. How Big do Betta Fish Get in the Wild?
Betta fish is considered to be the best companion when it comes to keeping a fish. Betta fish life span is 3 to 5 years but it can be increased in some cases from 8 to 9 years while keeping them in captivity with full care.
8. How Long do Betta Fish Live in the Wild?
If betta fish is kept with full care and following all the safety and hygiene measures then the life span of your beta can be increased, normally betta lives for 3-5 years but it can live for more years if you will take care of them. If your betta stays alive for 2 or 3 years after you purchase it then please do not consider your self as a bad caretaker! Yes, because it is normal for a betta to live for 3 to 5 years.
9. What is Betta Fish Lifespan in the Wild?
Betta fish is native to Thailand and found in streams, canals, pond and rice paddies so its natural habitat has all the conditions for it to live happily and healthily. Betta fish life span is varied in the range of 3 to 5 years while living in the wild.
Now you have discovered all the facts about betta fish and the conditions he is used to living in the wild so you can better keep your betta while gaining all of the knowledge about a betta in the wild! Just read all the answers carefully and try your best to mimic the natural environment of your betta and he will stay happy and alive for more time!
If you have any further question about betta fish in the wild or any other related topic, you are most welcome to drop your query in the comment section below. Remember to take care of your cute little betta <3