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Betta - Anabantoid
The Betta also known as the Japanese Fighting Fish is part of the Gourami family, the Betta was first discovered in South East Asia living in rice patties and drainage ditches. The Betta became accustomed to frequent storm flooding and droughts, the drastic changes in its environment helped the fish to adapt becoming a true labyrinth fish. A labyrinth fish has the unique ability to breathe oxygen directly from the air and also take in oxygen from its gills. Because of this, Bettas and other labyrinth fish can survive for short periods of time out of water and if needed can inhale the air around them. This also explains why a Betta can sustain itself in stagnant oxygen-deficient water.
Although Bettas can tolerate small spaces and poor water quality, they do best in small aquariums (at least two gallons) with regular water changes. The preferred water temperature for a Betta is 76-82 degrees F. We have a great selection of Betta tanks because we feel they deserve to be happy too. We carry over 50 different types of Bettas; from Crown tails to Regals we have them or can get them in for you.
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