How do I know if my betta fish is fighting?
Betta fish fighting will usually start with two males flaring their gills and fins in order to look more intimidating. In some cases, this will be enough, and one fish will retreat from the other. If the display does not work (which is often the case in smaller aquariums), the Betta fish fight will escalate to nipping.
Can betta fish live together?
Many people mistakenly believe that betta fish must be kept in “solitary confinement.” Female bettas can live together, and while male bettas will fight with other male bettas, they can be placed singly in a “community” aquarium containing other species of fish.
Do betta fish fight a lot?
Male betta fish fight each other because they are incredibly territorial. In the wild, bettas have miles of rivers and paddies to swim through when it’s not drought season. When one male enters another’s territory, the two may show aggression, but a fight may not happen with plenty of room to retreat.