Female Siamese fighting fish in front of a white background
Size: Males- 3 inches, Females- 2 inches
Maturity: 1.75 inches
Sexual Dimorphism: Males are more colorful and develop more ornate finnage. Females are rounder bodied compared to males.
Above: A female Siamese Fighting Fish. Photo by Same Borstein.
Talk to any Siamese fighting fish enthusiast and you will learn that Siamese fish each have their ownpersonalities. They are friendly, curious and will get to know their caregivers. Some enjoy swimming into a handand being raised out of the water to be stroked. There have been cases of female Siamese fighting fish that havesuffered from depression and after sulking for a time, will starve themselves to death. This can occur if a male isremoved from the tank immediately following spawning. In addition to their graceful beauty, these personalitytraits are what make Siamese fish ideal pets for people of all ages.
If a female siamese fighting fish that wasn't ripe, or ready for spawning, would have entered the males tank,it's possible that she would've been attacked, as non-ripe females are not tolerated within the vicinity of thenest. By not fleeing, a female siamese fish indicates her readiness to spawn.Its a miracle for me as My Male and Female Betta ( Siamese Fighting Fish ) are in the same tank and are not at all fighting, I have kept an eye for a long time and they only come near each other and they don't bite or nibble each others fins, they are very peaceful The present study examined the effects of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, fluoxetine, on the behavior of female Siamese fighting fish, Betta splendens, in three different boldness assays (Empty Tank, Novel Environment, Social Tendency). When females were unexposed to fluoxetine, boldness was consistent within a context and correlated across assays. Fluoxetine exposure affected behavior within and among individuals on multiple levels. Exposure reduced overall boldness levels, made females behave in a less consistent manner, and significantly reduced correlations over time and across contexts. Fluoxetine exerted its effects on female Betta splendens behavior in a dose-dependent fashion and these effects persisted even after females were housed in clean water. If fluoxetine exposure impacts behaviors such as exploration that are necessary to an individual’s success, this may yield evolutionary consequences. In conclusion, the results show that fluoxetine exposure alters behavior beyond the level of overall response and highlights the importance of studying the behavioral effects of inadvertent pharmaceutical exposure in multiple contexts and with different dosing regimes. The researchers hypothesis was to see if the female Siamese fighting fish would have the highest behavior change with the presence of a male Siamese fighting fish.Siamese fighting fish are more commonly know as Bettas. Betts have become a common household pet. Male betas are known to be very aggressive and can not share a tank with another male or a female when they are not in their mating season. Female bettas can be aggressive as well, however they can share a tank with one or more females. In this experiment, researchers observed the way female Siamese fighting fish alter their behaviors in response to an audience during mating season. These female fighting fish have an altering behavior when male fighting fish are nearby. However researchers wanted to observe whether or not the female fighting fish behavior would alter when another female fish was nearby.The pattern of results that would confirm the researchers hypothesis would be if the female Siamese fighting fish were to have a high behavior change towards the male Siamese fighting fish.