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The fish is referenced a few times as a 'Chinese Fighting Fish.' Don't know if this is a popular misconception or something - but Siamese refers to Thailand NOT China. () 23:52, 31 January 2009 (UTC)
Betta fish are sometimes called Japanese fighting fish or Chinese fighting fish although they are not native to either country
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The brilliantly colored Japanese fighting fish (Betta splendens), also known as the betta fish or Siamese fighting fish, is known and named for aggressive behavior. Native to Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and China, the Japanese fighting fish was bred in captivity originally for to produce specimens suitable for organized fights between males, similar to cock-fighting. Today, the Japanese fighting fish is one of the most popular fish to own after goldfish, thanks to his stunning beauty, dramatic long, flowing fins and ease of care. Chinese Fighting Fish- Black
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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.Because people know the aggressive fighting nature of Betta fish yet can’t see any teeth they often ask if Bettas have teeth. After hearing some of the fighting stories and watching a Betta tear at a bloodworm during feeding times owners are often surprised that they can’t see the teeth with their naked eye.The fighting fish’s wild ancestors lived solitary lives in rice paddies and small fresh water streams of Thailand / Siam (not Japan, China – as some names would suggest). They were a dull brown or greeny color and were a carnivorous fish that would feed on tiny crustaceans, insect eggs and larvae. Fighting was always in their genes but they would generally only spar for a few minutes until one betta gave up and retreated.Siamese Fighting Fish are very hardy so disease is not usually a problem in a well maintained aquarium. Some diseases they are prone to are bacterial infections, constipation and Hole in the Head if good water quality, nutrition, and maintenance is not provided. With any additions to a tank such as new fish, plants, substrates, and decorations there is a risk of introducing disease. It's advisable to properly clean or quarantine anything that you want add to an established tank prior to introduction, so as not to upset the balance.These fish are very resilient but knowing the signs of illness, and catching and treating them early makes a huge difference. An outbreak of disease can often be limited to just one or a few fishes if you deal with it at an early stage. The best way to proactively prevent disease is to give your fish the proper environment and a well balanced diet. The closer to their natural habitat the less stress the fish will have, making them healthier and happy. A stressed fish will is more likely to acquire disease. For information about freshwater fish diseases and illnesses, see .