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3 - Betta Fish Colors and Patterns
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Bettas have become one of the most popular fish to have as a pet or to with color. And although there are more common Bettas found in most pet shops, there are others that warrant a closer look. Betta Fish Prism. by HeatherSchoff on deviantART - Beautiful Colors - Art of many colors
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Accessorizing with fish was not what the people of Siam originally had in mind when they started collecting Bettas prior to the 1800s. Known as , the Bettas of that time were not the same elegant, little fish we see today. With much smaller fins and a dirty greenish-brown hue, they were bred for competitive fighting and not for the fame of their magnificent finnage and colors. Native to Siam, (now Thailand), Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and parts of China, these fish became accustomed to that were often at or above 80 degrees. Wild Betta splendens, the most popular of the Bettas, are pretty fish with green, red and blue coloration and long, flowing fins. Since domestication and breeding has evolved, this type can come in just about any color imaginable, including metallic variations. If you combined all of the , there are over 20,000 possible varieties of Bettas you can choose.

Although the Plakat Betta is beautiful naturally, recently this fish has been bred to display even more ornamental colors. A variety of these are striking, as their bodies are metallic copper and platinum. Observing the obvious popularity of these fights, the King of Siam started licensing and collecting these fighting fish. In 1840, he gave some of his prized fish to a man who, in turn, gave them to Dr. Theodor Cantor, a medical scientist from Bangor. Describing these fish in an article nine years later, Dr. Cantor gave them the name Macropodus Pugnax. In 1909, Mr. Tate Regan renamed them Betta Splendens, noting that there already was a with the name Dr. Cantor used. It is believed that Mr. Regan got the name from a warrior-like tribe of people named "Bettah". For the children of Malaysia, in southern China, collecting these was a favorite pastime. The children would catch as many as 50 Bettas an hour from the rice paddies, and then conduct fish fights to determine the village champion. Usually, the winner was the biggest fish they caught. Once the wounds healed on the prize-winning fish, he would go into competition again against a new opponent. This pastime diminished significantly when agricultural chemicals and mechanized plowing were introduced for the harvesting of the rice paddies. However, the fields were not the only place where one could find Bettas. They were also living in watery ditches, stagnant ponds and gentle flowing streams. Breeders have also developed color patterns in betta fish, including marbling, which is usually blue and red with a pale base color, and “butterfly” coloring, which means the betta’s body is a solid color, but its fins are divided into two distinct colors. bettas are also now bred in metallic colors such as copper, gold, rust and platinum.