To fully understand what the perfect Fighter Fish Diet is you first have to understand where the Fighter Fish is originally from. These awesome fish have received the nick name “The Jewel Of The Orient”, their native home is originates from Thailand but they can also be found in their natural habitat in and around Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and parts of China.
They like to hang out around small, shallow ponds and even some slow moving streams. While there is some debate about which is actually the best possible habitat for your Fighter Fish, one thing that is often over looked is the actual water temperature. In their home countries the average water temperature is about 80ºF, so that is their ideally perfect water temp.
As the water starts to cool the Fighter Fish will get increasingly more agitated, which can really lead them to live up to their name. Fighter Fish have been known to fight to the death just because the other Betta Fish looked at them the wrong way. So be sure to keep their water temperature right at 80ºF and you’ll be fine. That’s why you shouldn’t keep them in a small bowl, because you cannot regulate the heat control very well. I highly recommend getting a top of the line Fighter Fish Aquarium.
Back in Thailand, you would find the Betta Fish feeding on all kinds of cool fish food like insects and insect larva. In a perfect world that’s all they would eat. But if need be they will adapt to eating the dry flake foods found at your local pet store or even freeze dried food if that’s all ya got.
However, the BEST food you can ever feed your Betta Fish is live insects. They will love that stuff and will eat it all day. Their digestive system are geared towards primarily consuming meat so when you can, give them the good stuff.
The healthier, more live food you give your Fighter Fish the more their colors will pop and the happier they will be.
They actually have a upward turned mouth made specifically for eating any unlucky bugs that happen to fall in the water. What you wanna try to do as a Fighter Fish owner is replicate their natural habitat as much as possible. By feeding them live bugs, you can do this and they’ll love you for it.
Some of the best things you can feed these little guys are Brine shrimp, Daphnia, plankton, tubifex, glassworms, and beef heart. Those are all great things to feed your Fighter Fish, you can find them either frozen or freeze dried. Either one will do nicely. But if you have flake food, you’ll need to suppletment with either freeze dried, frozen or preferably live food.
Some of my favorites are the freeze dried blood worms. Betta Fish go bonkers for these nasty little worms and will be sure to really brighten up their colors too.
Go ahead and leave a comment below to tell me what your favorite Fighter Fish Diet is…
Fighter Fish have a fairly short life span, living on average between 2 to 5 years, so if you are planning on breeding them its best to do it while they are under a year old so you will yield the best offspring. Most of the Betta Fish that you will find in pet shops are typically about 6 months old.
Most breeders feel that a 10 gallon tank or bigger works great, just make sure its bare bottom so the Fighter Fish can make their little bubble nests with ease. You definitively want to avoid using any kind of pebbles in the tank when breeding as the eggs may end up falling through them and dying.
If you really wanna get some great offspring then you’ll need to precondition your Betta Fish for breeding by feeding them a ton of live food. The water should have a PH of exactly 7 and have a temperature no colder than 80ºF, you can got a few degrees hotter if you would live too.
Whats going to happen next is the male will blow an elaborate bubble nest, they look really cool. At this point you’ll need to create a little hiding place for the female as the males can get kinda aggressive when its time to mate. It’s actually not that uncommon for the female to loose a few scales or have a few nips taken out of her tail.
Just make sure that after the breeding session is over that you remove the female from the tank because the male Fighter Fish have been known to kill the female Betta while he is tending to the bubble nest.
When the pair is ready to spawn their colors will become extremely vibrant and the male Betta Fish will start to circle the female under the bubble nest. Then the male will wrap himself around the female after she has been flipped to her back. As she excretes the eggs they will become fertilized by the male and will begin to float to the bottom on the tank.
Next the male will gently scoop up the eggs and spit them into the bubble nest where they can finally hatch over the course of the next few days. From this point on the male Betta Fish will tend to the young and the female most definitively needs to be removed from the tank because this is when the male is most aggressive.
In the next few days the male Fighter Fish will continue to watch over the nest making sure to spit back in any eggs that fall out of the bubble nest, but in the next 2 or 3 days the eggs will hatch and the young fry will be swimming around the tank with Daddy. At this point, you’ve gotta remove the male fish because he might eat the young, and there goes your whole spawn.
Now that you’ve got an open tank, the fry should be fed a few times daily preferably with baby brine shrimp as they contain the best nutrients for the young broods. For the nest you should use some kind of Tetra mix as it does great for the bubble nests and resembles the Fighter Fish’s natural habitat. And take care about not over feeding the fry because if you do it will pollute the water.
If you follow all these basics tips you should be able to pull of a breeding successfully even if its your first time attempting it. I wish you the absolute best and if you have any questions or other breeding techniques then please leave me a comment below.