Female Siamese fighting fish in front of a white background

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In addition to their many bright colors, male bettas typically have long, flowing fins and tails. In some of the more mature Siamese fighting fish, the fins can be so long that they inhibit the fish’s movement. The males seem to recognize other males by the presence of these oversize fins; they'll even challenge other species of fish if they have big fins. Male fancy guppies don’t do well in a tank with bettas for that reason. Male bettas may also attack angelfish and some types of mollies. Female bettas have shorter fins with an overall rounded appearance.
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Two experiments attempted to determine the reinforcing effectiveness of visual exposure to a female versus a male stimulus in male Siamese fighting fish (Betta splendens). This was accomplished by making male or female presentation contingent upon an operant ring swimming response in single- (Experiment 1) and two-choice (Experiment 2) continuous reinforcement operant situations for 1 hr per day. It was found that visual exposure to a female stimulus was behaviorally reinforcing in a way comparable to that typically found in intermale studies. If given a choice, male test subjects were observed to demonstrate a consistent preference for the female as opposed to the male stimulus. The results are discussed in terms of stimulus discrimination and approach-avoidance conflict as differentially elicited by male and female target stimuli. Female Siamese fighting fish were shown videos of exposed and unexposed males.
Photo provided by FlickrThe Siamese fighting fish have four features that will help in differentiating a male from a female.
Photo provided by FlickrThe Female Crowntail Betta is also known as a Siamese Fighting Fish
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The behavior that resulted in the sport of Siamese Fish Fighting is still a distinguishing trait of the SiameseFish, despite the customized breeding that defines the various types of this species. A warrior by nature, theiraggressive behavior appears to stem from the male Siamese fish's need to protect his territory. For this reason,males should be kept separate at all times. However, both male and female Siamese fish adapt well to communitytanks, provided that there is only one male Siamese in residence. Take precaution not to place them in a tank withother fish that are aggressive, because Siamese tend to get 'picked on' by the others, which could result in injuryto her due to the nipping of the other fish.Talk to any Siamese fighting fish enthusiast and you will learn that Siamese fish each have their ownpersonalities. They are friendly, curious and will get to know their caregivers. Some enjoy swimming into a handand being raised out of the water to be stroked. There have been cases of female Siamese fighting fish that havesuffered from depression and after sulking for a time, will starve themselves to death. This can occur if a male isremoved from the tank immediately following spawning. In addition to their graceful beauty, these personalitytraits are what make Siamese fish ideal pets for people of all ages.Female siamese fish, on the other hand, tend not to be antagonistic at all and will do well when placedtogether. A pecking order will be established in the community tank. One female siamese fighting fish willestablish itself as dominant and the others will act in submission to the ALPHA fish. As long as there are no newadditions placed in the tank, there will be peace.A siamese female fighting fish guarding her newly laid eggs amongst the bubble nest. Her fins were battered by the male (at background) during egg laying process, it is common for the betta splenden