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Bob Davis

The extensive involvement of photography depicting life is well known. We love what we see around us and documenting the images.

Photographers constantly search for new subjects to record nature’s wonders. This group of images demonstrates the beauty of very small but aggressive fresh water fish. Nature got it right here, the males are far more attractive than females - quite the opposite in the human race! The image capture is difficult, having to deal with small size, low depth of field, rapid movement and difficult lighting.

Siamese fighting fish (Betta splendens). This a popular fish in the aquarium trade. Bettas are a member of the gourami family and are known to be highly territorial. Males in particular are prone to high levels of aggression and will attack each other if housed in the same tank. If there is no means of escape, this will usually result in the death of one or both of the fish. Female bettas can also become territorial towards each other if they are housed in too small an aquarium. It is typically not recommended to keep male and female bettas together, except temporarily for breeding purposes which should always be undertaken with caution.

This species is native to the Mekong basin of Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. The fish can be found in standing waters of canals, rice paddies and floodplains.

It usually grows to a length of about 6.5 cm (2.6 in).[ Although aquarium specimens are widely known for their brilliant colors and large, flowing fins, the natural coloration of B. splendens is generally dull green, brown and grey, and the fins of wild specimens are short. In the wild, they exhibit strong colors only when agitated. In captivity, they have been selectively bred to display a vibrant array of colors and tail types.

Breeders around the world continue to develop new varieties. Often, the males of the species are sold preferentially in stores because of their beauty, compared to the females. Females almost never develop fins as showy as males of the same type and are often more subdued in coloration, though some breeders manage to get females with fairly long fins and bright colors.

Based mainly on the tail configuration, there are many varieties created by specialized breeding.

  • Veil tail - Crown tail - Comb tail - Half-moon - Over-half-moon or Super Delta Rose tail - Feather tail - Plakat - Half-moon plakat - short-finned half-moon; Double tail or Full-moon - Half-sun - Elephant ear -Spade tail

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