Types Of Betta Fish

There are a lot of various kinds of Bettas with a wide variety of colors and tail and fin shapes.  The most well known Betta species are the Betta Splendens, Betta Bellica, Betta Coccina, and Betta Picta.

Species of Betta Fish – Betta Splendens

Betta Splendens arrived from from the Thai coast and can live for at least three years.  The male of the species grow to an estimate of three or more inches in length.  They will fight and murder any additional males, and are even known to destroy their young.

Kinds of Betta Fish – Betta Bellica

These fish arrived from Malaysia.  They are different in looks, bigger and thicker than all other kinds of Bettas.  The males are much bigger than the female of the species, and both sexes have a heart looking rear fin.  Betta Bellica are comfortable outside of the water.  They will sometimes jump out of the water when feeding, and have even been known to relax on top of large leaves above of the water.

Betta Coccina

Betta Coccina are from Sumatra.  They are amazing looking Bettas, almost always reddish brown with bright blue eyes.  They are the smallest of all Betta fish.  Their bodies are skinnier in size, and the male and female of the species are almost the same in weight.

Betta Picta – Javanese Fighting Fish

Javanese Fighting Fish are not extremely antagonistic and easy to mate.  However, they are not extremely nicely pigmented and for this reason not a popular type of Betta fish.  Usually females can cohabitate, but with this particular species, it is important to keep them apart since the female of the species will sometimes kill each other over the male of the species.  For mating instruction, check out Betta Fish Mating.

Betta Colors

In their natural habitat, bettas normally only display bright colors when angry and female bettas typically have lighter pigmentation than males.  Despite this, bettas breeders have had success in creating strong pigmentation stay for males and females in all states, not just when aggrivated.  Several of the colors that are available in different kinds of bettas include red, blue, turquoise, orange, yellow, green, bright blue, royal blue, apricot, peach, white, and albino.  There are solid colored bettas, and a few types of betta fish are even two or three colors.

Types of Betta Fish Tails

Bettas tail types are one more unique marker of the species.  The Veiled tail is the most regular and least expensive kind of Betta tails.  On the other end of the spectrum, the halfmoon Betta fish is the rarest of Bettas.  Its tail creates a complete semicircle and is amazing to see.

Additional tails are the delta, the fan, the round, spade or pin tail, double tail, comb tail, and the crown.

Make sure to read this Betta Lovers Guide review for my favorite of all the best betta care guides.  This will make sure you will always take the best care of your Betta and prevent any possible bacteria.


Jason Andrews has been caring for Bettas for over 20 years.  He has a blog in which he writes about the different types of Betta fish as well as best practices in extending Betta life span.


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