Betta Fish Fighting 0 82

Betta fish fighting

The betta fish is often better known as the Siamese fighting fish, so it’s not surprising that many fish keepers worry about their betta fish fighting!

However, while it’s true that males of the species are often aggressive with other males, the betta can be housed with other fish, as long as you approach things carefully.

Read on to learn more about betta fish fighting, why they fight, and how to prevent this aggression.

Male betta fish fighting

It is the male of the species that is particularly aggressive with other males, and it is very unwise to keep two male bettas together within the same tank, unless it is very large and can happily accommodate two separate territories. Even then, two males may come into contact with each other within the tank, and will potentially become aggressive.

One male betta can happily live with a group of females, however, and often, with males of other species of fish too.

Female betta fish fighting

Female bettas are much less likely to be aggressive towards each other, and generally, can live happily in groups with other females and one male of the species as well.

If the tank is overcrowded or there are too many females in the tank or for the male, the females may become nippy towards each other. However, they will not generally fight in the same way that two males will.

Bettas fighting other species of fish

While male bettas are generally highly aggressive with other males of the species, often fighting to the death, they are generally calm within a community tank, and will rarely prove aggressive to other species of fish.

While it is always important to pick betta tank mates carefully if mixing species of fish within the same aquarium, bettas make good community fish if you introduce one male and a few females to a group tank.

One issue that can sometimes arise if keeping other dominant or predatory fish with bettas is that they will target your male bettas due to their bright colors and long fins and tails.

Bettas are relatively slow swimming fish, and this, added to their distinctive appearance, means that they will often fall victim to larger bullies of other species and get their fins and tails nipped.

Betta fish fighting displays

When two male bettas view each other as a threat and are preparing to fight, they will puff up their gills, deepen in color, and deliberately display their fins and tail in all their glory in an attempt to intimidate the other party.

Here’s a great tip: If you wish to see what your male betta looks like in threat display without risking their health, you can hold a mirror up to the outside of the tank. When your male sees his own reflection, he will think it is another male and display his fighting stance!

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Should you choose a chameleon as a pet? 0 369

Pet chameleon

Chameleons are not the easiest pet to take care of, and are more for the advanced reptile enthusiast. That said, they are beautiful creatures and they can thrive if well looked after.

Our pet care advice below will help you decide whether a chameleon is right for you:

Different types of chameleon

There are a few different chameleons suitable to be kept as pets: The Veiled or Yemen Chameleon is one of the easier species to keep. They can grow to two feet, so make sure you consider that when buying a cage.

Panther Chameleons are active during the day, and require a similar environment to the veiled chameleon. They grow up to about 20 inches.

Jackson’s chameleons are the smallest of these three breeds, and grow to around 10 inches. Some species of Jackson’s chameleons also have a horn.

All chameleons prefer not to be handled, and need to be housed on their own. If you want to breed your chameleons, make sure you look into this carefully.

Getting the environment right

A chameleon’s natural habitat is the humid rainforests and arid deserts, so they need a humid environment with enough space to allow for their tree climbing – the minimum size is three feet by three feet by four feet tall.

You’ll need to include lots of tree branches and foliage within the cage. The chameleon likes to bask, and you’ll need different basking spots, in a range of different temperatures, depending on your type of chameleon.

You’ll also need UV lighting that’s designed for reptiles as well as a misting system if you’re not going to be there to ensure humidity is at the right level. Misting needs to take place twice a day.

Feeding your chameleon

Chameleons are insectivores, and so a mixed diet of crickets, roaches, and worms is their preferred menu. Some also like vegetation such as fruits and vegetables.

Chameleons don’t drink from a bowl, preferring to take droplets of water from the leaves, so it’s important you’re misting twice a day, or providing a water system that drips.

With the right pet care, chameleons are a fascinating pet to keep, but are probably not for you if you want a reptile to handle. You’ll also need to put time into making sure their environment is right, as they can easily get sick if not.

Five snakes that are good for beginner reptile keepers 0 249

Pet Ball Python pet

Snakes are the most popular reptile pet to keep, but are they easy to look after? They do make unusual pets, but with good pet care – the right equipment, food and environment – they will thrive.

If you’re a beginner, what snake should you get to start you off? Here’s our rundown of five snakes that will make a great pet for first time snake keepers.

Corn Snake

Corn snakes are one of the most popular first time snakes to buy. They don’t grow too big – an adult corn snake needs a 20 gallon tank. They will live for around 20 years.

They’re easy to handle and to look after. They feed on mice. Corn snakes are quite active, so will need time outside their tank for exercise.

Royal or Ball Python

The royal python (also known as the ball python) can live for up to 30 years, and grow up to five feet.

Royal pythons are a timid species, so don’t appreciate much handling – they need somewhere to hide within their tank. For tank size allow 1 square foot to each foot of snake in length.

Royals eat mice or rats, depending on the size of their mouth.

King Snake

King snakes live for about 15 years. There are lots of different types, with some growing up to six feet.

King snakes are active, so will need time out of their tank, and can bite when cornered, but with careful and regular handling should settle.

They feed on mice and rats, and need the same sized tank proportions as a royal python.

Rosy Boa

Rosy boas are fairly docile, but can bite if caught unaware. Rosy boas grow to about four feet in length and will live for about 30 years. They need a reasonable size tank, and places to hide as well. Rosy boas feed on mice.

Garter snake

Garter snakes grow up to three foot long, and live to about 10 years.

They need around a 29 gallon tank to be comfortable. Garter snakes do eat mice, but prefer fish, and food like frogs, so it’s best to give them a varied diet.