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Also known as Siamese Fighting Fish, Plakat Thai (Thailand), Combattant (Canada), Trey kroem phloek (Cambodia), or Cá lia thia (Vietnam).
The Male Betta is well known for its jewel-bright colors and spectacular finnage. Bettas are anabantids (Derived from the Greek Verb anabaino, meaning "to go up") which physiologically means they have two methods of breathing. Bettas breathe from their labyrinth organ which enables the fish to breathe from the surface. Bettas also breathe through their gills like other fish.
As the name suggests, the Halfmoon Plakat Betta has a tail in the shape of a halfmoon. The angle is from 170° to a perfect 180° tail span. This tail variation is one of the most beautiful, yet fragile of the Bettas. Bettas will "flare" their fins when disturbed or threatened.
Bettas are known as Plakat (Pronounced "plah-COT") Thai in Thailand. This is derived from the word Plakad meaning "biting fish". However, the name Plakat is used for Bettas that generally have thicker bodies and shorter fins than "regular" bettas. They are close to what wild bettas look like and were originally found in rice paddy fields in the country that was once known as Siam. Breaking down their characteristics even more, the long finned varieties are known as Plakat Cheen, while the short finned varieties are known as Plakat Mohr.
The male Betta will attack another Betta and have been known to attack similar-looking fish. It is recommended that only one male Betta is housed in an aquarium with plants and very little current.
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Native To: S.E. Asia - Cambodia, Thailand
Adult Size: Up to 3"
Water Current: Low
Temperature: 74° - 82°F
Water Parameters: KH 0-25, pH 6.0-8.0
Care Level: Easy
Tank Size: 1+ liter
Scientific Name: Betta splendens
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