Betta fish is such beautiful fish, but you can’t have more than one in your aquarium. This is actually very sad. Just think how beautiful it will look if there could be more than one Betta fish in your aquarium at the same time.
The thing that is bothering so many people is why do betta fish fight? Is it just the males that are fighting or is this the females that will fight as well?
This will answer all your questions about why betta fish are fighting and which of them will be most likely to fight.
Why do they fight?
The main reason why these fish do fight is that they are aggressive. They are aggressive fish and they are territorial. Meaning that they will actually fight any fish that will come close to them.
In some parts of Asia, they breed betta fish to become more aggressive. They had a sport where the betta fish fight each other. The most aggressive one won. This is why these fish are so aggressive and why they can’t really get along with other betta fish, and in some cases even with other fish species.
The myth about Betta fish fighting
There is a myth about betta fish. That they will fight till the death. Meaning that they will fight each other until one of them dies of their injuries. However, this is just a myth and not the truth.
Yes, it does happen that betta fish dies during a fight. But, then this is an accident and not really because they will fight till death. It just happens that one is getting so injured that it dies. Some fights don’t last long, and can even stop just after the fight starts, without any injuries at all.
Male betta fish fighting info
Do male betta fish fights if they are put together in one aquarium? Yes, this is where most of the fights occur. When two male betta fish are put together in one aquarium. This should never be done if you are concern about them getting injured and fighting all the time.
If you really need to put two males together, you need to make sure that there are hiding places where they can retreat to for protection. Especially during mealtime. However, it is still not recommended to put two males in one aquarium. No matter how large the aquarium might be.
Female betta fish fighting
We know that male betta fish will be fighting and shouldn’t be in one aquarium. But what about female betta fish? Will they be able to live in one aquarium without fighting each other?
Females are still aggressive, even if they aren’t as aggressive as males. And, they can attack and fight other females. However, if you have more than two females in one tank, then the fighting will be a lot less.
It is recommended that you should have at least 9 females in a 20-gallon tank if you don’t want them fighting each other. But, you should also remember that the moment that you add a male to the aquarium, you are going to have some fights again.
Male versus female fighting
This might come as a surprise, but yes, male and females are fighting with each other as well. They should just be with each other during mating.
The female eats the eggs, while the male is protecting it from the females. And, this is why they will fight. This is also the reason why you should remove the female from the aquarium the moment she lays her eggs. For her protection against the male, and for the protection of the eggs.
Will Betta fish fight other fish
If you have a large enough tank, and you have fish that isn’t colorful, and that isn’t aggressive as well, they will fit into an aquarium with other fish. However, this isn’t guaranteed.
Betta fish have different personalities. What one will allow, doesn’t mean all the betta fish will allow. So, you should make sure that you test to see if the betta fish will allow other fish around him, or if he is going to attack the other, weaker fish.
It is interesting to learn why betta fish is fighting each other. Especially, that male and female are also fighting each other. To be safe, it is recommended that you never add other fish, or another betta fish to your current betta fish. This will lead to a fight and a struggle for you to keep them apart.