Fierce but fetching; fighter fishes can fill your pockets
Siamese fighter fish is one of the most attractive fish varieties for the aquarium. With its colourful fins and scales, fighter fish is a popular choice for fish tanks.
Scientifically named as Betta splendens, fighter fish got its name from the aggressive behaviour between two male fish in the same tank.
Fighter fishes are available in a wide variety of colours like red, green, black, white, blue and yellow.
The male fish have larger fins and bright colours whereas female fish are small and have dull colours.
Propagation method of fighter fish is rather simple.
Small glass bottles or tanks can be used for propagation. Fill the container with water and put some water weeds in it.
Choose the bright, healthy and colourful fish which are more than one year old for propagation.
The male fish has to be put in the tank first. It will form bubbles in the water for breeding.
Stop aerating the water once bubbles are formed by the fish.
After this, put the female fish in the tank. For one male fish, 2-3 female fishes can be used for propagation.
Once the female fish laid eggs and male fish fertilised them, remove the female fish from the tank.
But male fish should be kept in the tank until the fishlings begin to swim independently. Normally, eggs hatch within two days.
Caring and packing
The juvenile fish can be fed with infusoria and egg yolk in the initial phase and then with artemia larvae.
After eight weeks, collect the male fishling and keep each of them in separate bottles or tanks.
Pack single male fish in separate plastic bag filled with water and oxygen for selling.
Since female fishes are not attractive, they are not sold normally.