Mike’s Fish Tank – Common Goldfish & Betta Questions

Posted by  //  August 6, 2015  //  Articles, Mike's Fish Tank

People often ask about the common goldfish, and I get a lot of betta questions. Here is some info on them.

The common goldfish became a popular pet around the world due to their hardy nature. They are hardier than fancy goldfish and are able to live in a variety of of conditions ranging from indoor aquariums to outdoor ponds. Common goldfish can withstand some fluctuations in water quality and small fluctuations in temperature. That attribute helps them in doing well in ponds.

If well cared for, the common goldfish can live up tp 10 years or more in captivity. Common goldfish are a type of goldfish with no other modifications from their ancestors other than color. Most varieties of fancy goldfish were derived from this simple breed.

Common goldfish come in a variety of colors including red, orange/gold, black and yellow or lemon goldfish.

As far as the betta, or “siamese fighting fish”. Normally a betta lives to be 2 years old, and I know people who have had them live 4 years, but in the wild they may live as long as 8 years. Typically males purchased in a pet store are in the 9 month old range, that is the age when

their finnage becomes full and most attractive. Male bettas living in laboratories with large individual tanks and daily exercise have lived 10 years or longer. There are over 50 types of bettas although b.splendens is the most popular. Bettas come from the Mekong basin in S.E.

Asia. In their native Thailand they are called pla-kad. It is a member of the Gourami family although formerly classified among the anabantidae.

Female bettas are less colorful and have much shorter fins. When found in a pet store, the female is generally around 3 to 5 months old.

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