The Double Tail Betta Fish (Betta splendens)

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The Double Tail Betta (Betta splendens) is also known as Siamese Fighting Fish. The Double Tail variety of Betta splendens is also called the DT or DTM (Double Tail Male), and DTF (Double Tail Female). They are beautiful and elegant pets. Often called Siamese fighting fish, Bettas normally live 2 – 3 years, but there have been a couple of cases of bettas living well into their teenagers.

The Double Tail Betta, as you can inform by its name has its caudal tail split in 2 equal lobes instead of one. They have 2 caudal peduncles and also have shorter, more compact bodies than other types of bettas which leaves them more susceptible to having swim bladder issues, a common disease of these Double Tail Betta. They can breathe through their labyrinth organ which makes it possible for the fish to breathe from the surface.

One can differentiate between the male and female by their physical characteristics. The females are smaller sized and do not have the beautiful finnage of the males. But females are beautiful in their own way and are very touchy and huffy.

The Double Tail Betta fish are tropical fish found in Southeast Asia. They have their origins in Siam, that is, modern-day Thailand. They swim in the shallow waters of Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, as well as some parts of China.

The Double Tail Betta fish survive in warm and hot waters at lower altitude areas. They are also found in the slow-moving waters of swamps as well as rice paddies. In these areas, they find their clean warm water, meaty food, and plenty of places to hide.

Throughout the years, male Betta fish have been bred to enhance the type and length of their fins, their remarkable colors, and variations of both. The mutation is preferable for aesthetic purposes,  however, breeders need to be careful when choosing Double Tail Betta for breeding stock, because they usually have partial paralysis or spinal deformities.

 

How To Take Care Of Double Tail Betta Fish?

How To Take Care Of Double Tail Betta Fish

As small as they are, Double Tail Betta fish need specific care. They are tropical fish with space and temperature requirements to stay healthy. If you are considering getting a Double Tail Betta, please do your research first. If you purchase one betta fish from a general pet store, chances are you won’t get the right suggestions about how to take care of betta fish.

The Double Tail Betta fish live much longer, happier lives when they have enough space. They will require a minimum 1-gallon tank that a single betta can be kept. However, 5-gallon tank is the best. They can live with other fish, however, a male should never live with another male in the same aquarium, as they will fight each other.

The Double Tail Betta fish kept in a larger aquarium are healthier and less prone to problems such as bacterial infections, ammonia burn, and weight problems ( among leading causes of betta death). The betta’s aquarium has to be fully covered with a hood or other lid, as bettas are jumpers.

The Double Tail Betta is semi-aggressive to other fish and is appropriate as tankmates for only a limited variety of fish species. Female bettas also are best kept one to an aquarium, although with care, diligence, as well as experience, sororities (several females in one aquarium) are possible. They must not be kept with aggressive fish like the Cichlids, or fin-nipping fish such as Barbs, Danios, and Tetras.

The Double Tail Betta lives in tropical areas, to keep a Betta healthy, remember to provide your betta with plenty of clean, warm water. Kept the water temperature at 75°F – 79°F (24°C – 26°C) ), the pH-value at 6.5 – 7.0, should be maintained, so you will require a heater and a thermometer. Cold water can suppress the immune system and cause illness.

The Double Tail Betta fish aquarium, no matter their size, need regular cleaning. In an uncycled betta aquarium, one should do 100% water changes. This means clearing all of the water in the aquarium,  cleaning the aquarium and all decoration with hot water, and replacing it with clean, fresh, dechlorinated water.

It is incorrectly thought that Double Tail Betta are low-maintenance pets. One reason is that they have just what is called a labyrinth organ, that let them breathe air at the water’s surface. It used to be believed that this trait meant the betta can live happily in an unmaintained aquarium. Actually poor water quality will make any type of tropical fish, including betta, more prone to disease, including fin rot.

 

The Diet Of Double Tail Betta Fish

The Diet Of Double Tail Betta Fish

Remember that your Double Tail Betta is a carnivore (meat eater), to provide him with a different diet and high protein is necessary. A combination of frozen, pellets, live food, and frozen is best for your betta. Most bettas need to be fed small amounts 2 times daily.

Frozen foods can be offered instead of pellets some evenings. They do best when they eat meat, including:

  • Frozen bloodworms
  • brine shrimp
  • tubifex worms
  • daphnia
  • dried shrimp
  • mosquito larvae

Live foods such as wingless fruit flies, brine shrimp, and blackworms can also be offered to your betta fish.

The Double Tail Betta also enjoy a peeled, cooked ordinary green pea once a week. As betta fish is carnivores, the green pea is mostly indigestible fiber for the betta. This helps prevent constipation (the main cause of swim bladder problem).

Do not overfeed your Double Tail Betta fish! Once daily, at the same time, is fine. Observe how much they consume and stick to that amount.

 

The Breeding Of Double Tail Betta Fish

The Breeding Of Double Tail Betta Fish

The Betta fish has been bred in many various types, having a variety of various colors, color patterns, and tail types. To breed Double Tail Betta, they should be very carefully conditioned and only put together for spawning. Please do not try to breed your betta fish without doing the proper research. A male and the female betta will kill one another unless properly conditioned!

After the eggs have been dropped by the female Double Tail Betta, fertilized, and place eggs in the bubble nest, the female must be removed from the breeding aquarium. The male betta guards the eggs and looks after of them, fighting off anything that gets too close till they hatch, typically hatch within 24 to 48 hours.  

After hatching, the fry can get around by themselves, the male Double Tail Betta fish and his fry all go their separate ways. The fry must be fed newly hatched brine shrimp, powdered flakes or finely crushed, and infusoria.

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