|Color:||Blue, green, orange, red, yellow, purple|
|Lifespan:||Up to 3 years|
|Size:||Up to 2.5 inches, not including the length of the tail|
|Minimum Tank Size:||5 gallons|
|Tank Set-Up:||Freshwater, mild current, 72°-81° Fahrenheit|
|Compatibility:||Not compatible with other fish with flowy fins|
The halfmoon betta is a much-loved species of freshwater fish. Part of its appeal is its magnificent coloring, which makes it stand out from many other fish.
The scientific name of the halfmoon betta is the Betta splendens. It is also sometimes commonly referred to as just the betta. It belongs to the family of Osphronemidae. These are all freshwater fish.
The name halfmoon is descriptive of the shape of its tail, which is a kind of semi-circle.
The halfmoon betta has a labyrinth organ. This gives it the ability to breathe while on the surface of the water, unlike most other species of fish, which can only breathe underwater through their gills.
The male of the species is known to be highly aggressive. He will instinctively attack any other fish of the same species. For this reason, it is also called the Siamese Fighting Fish.
The halfmoon betta is native to certain areas of Southeast Asia. It is commonly found in vast areas of Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Vietnam. In many of these places, this species of fish is popular as a pet.
The male halfmoon betta is known to be highly aggressive. He will typically attack any other male bettas that appear to be invading his territory. He may tolerate females of the same species for a brief period of time.
Halfmoon bettas are often seen as solitary fish. They enjoy their own company and are often happiest when they have the tank to themselves.
This does not mean that they cannot be housed together with other fish in a shared aquarium. They can, but it is important to choose their tank mates carefully and to give careful consideration to what other fish to place in their tank.
If your halfmoon betta holds his fins open, allowing them to wave freely in the water rather than keeping them stiff and taught, it is an indication that your fish is content and happy.
If your betta’s fins are taught and stiff, it is possibly a sign that it’s feeling stressed and under threat from other fish in its tank. This could mean that he is getting ready to attack.
When your betta is feeling relaxed and happy, it will be quite placid and will swim around gently, smoothly, and calmly.