Oh no! It can't be! It seems you have been the betta bug. Quick turn back now before it's too late. Ooops, too late. You are now infected with the betta bug. But what is the betta bug? It is when bettas become your life. Their cute personalities get the best of you and soon you start spending more and more time with your betta, soon to be bettas. Maybe, you go the the pet store determined to get only one betta but come out with six. $150 gone but that doesn't bother you. The bettas have you under their trance. Don't worry, the betta bug isn't bad. All it means is that you are a proud betta parent.


Bettas, or Betta splendens for the scientific folk, came from the South East lands of Saim, modern day Thailand, hence the name Siamese fighting fish. They first became pets around 150 years ago and became very popular. Although mistakenly known for it's ability to live in "tiny puddles", it's actual home is much larger.

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For a more in-depth look into the myths and realities about bettas, visit the Myth vs. Reality page. And now for some quick facts.

Quick Facts
TemperaturePrefers 78-82 F
pH Range7 is best, but can handle 6-7.5
Life Span3 years or more with good care
FoodCarnivorous- picky eater
WaterClean freshwater
Males are aggressive to other males