History and biology of the Red Betta Fish

History and biology of the Red Betta Fish

If talking about Red betta fish everyone probably knows what it is because they easy buy it. They are easy to find and available anywhere, even at your local aquarium store or betta fish shop online. But did you know that red fighting fish have an extraordinary history and very interesting? Let’s see

History of the red betta fish

Must return to the past The red betta fish originated from a wild betta fish called Plakad Pak Klang or (Betta Splendens). This wild fighting fish species received international recognition and was declared the world’s first betta’s in 1910. By British scientist Charles Tate Regan, it has a distinctive feature: Cheeks are streaked with red. There are scattered green-blue scales. Can be found from the northern region of Thailand down towards Bangkok.

Betta Splendens
Betta Splendens

But people in that era did not have the popularity of breeding betta fish. It all depends on catching bettas from the swamp or lagune. In order to bring strength to fight each other or for gambling and entertainment purposes only

Until the passage of 80 years until 1992, Thai farmers began to breed betta’s during this period, beginning with the use of wild betta, Betta splendens, to breed and develop in the early days. until becoming a wild betta fish that has a reddish appearance And the body that used to be completely black began to fade into brown. And some have more red on their bodies. While the tail fin is already a clear dark red. But it can be considered that it is not yet a very clear red color because if you look at the picture, you will see that it is quite different from the current red betta fish.

the first period of development of the red betta fish in 1992.
the first period of development of the red betta fish in 1992.

That’s right, it’s still far from being a success to be called that. The red betta.

But it has continued to breed and develop until In 1998, a clearer red betta appeared. Based on evidence of encountering a red betta competing in an Kasetsart University competition in that era.

First red betta fish color in the world
First red betta fish color in the world

During this time, short-tailed red fighting fish are starting to become more visible. The red color became clearer and more beautiful until it was affectionately called “Super Red” and was traded somewhat, but it was not very popular.

Biology red betta fish long fin

As the number of short-tailed red betta fish has increased in the market. And its popularity is not that great. Therefore, the idea to develop the short-tailed red fighting fish into a long-tailed one was born. I have to explain first that in this era there are no half-moon betta fish, and the long-tailed betta fish that Nice Betta Thailand team is referring to is the Chinese betta fish, also known as “Veiltail betta fish

Longfin Red betta fish during that time
Longfin Red betta fish during that time

Until the year 1995, there began to be the green long-tailed half-moon fighting fish. blue happens But it is unclear where it came from and who developed it until it became Half Moon.

Until breeders are interested in developing the long-tailed red half-moon betta fish. During this time, half-moon bettas are in great demand in the market. It is quite expensive to buy and sell and has a very high market demand. During this time, people who raise half-moon betta tend to be millionaires or people with money. The selling price for red fighting fish in this grade starts at 100-300 USD.

An example picture of the appearance of red half moon betta fish that are traded during this period
An example picture of the appearance of red half moon betta fish that are traded during this period

It must be admitted that the red Siamese fighting fish of that era It is red and looks like all sample pictures. But there are still many fighting fish lovers and breeders who want fighting fish to be redder, without black nets on their bodies.

Therefore, it has been bred for several generations, but still unable to produce a pure red color.

Maybe with knowledge about heredity and heredity. including genes Thai farmers in that era were not well known. Many breeders can only Breeding repeatedly There were a lot of bettas during that time that were deformed. It is the result of close genetics.

The world’s first completely red betta fish.

The world’s first completely red betta fish emerged in 2000, but it was not due to the successful breeding of Thai farmers.

Red betta fish
Red betta fish

But it was created through genetic manipulation at a famous university lab in Canada, Fleming College. No one knows where the red fighting fish were used for genetic manipulation. There is only speculation. It is thought to be a red fighting fish with a black net on its body from Thailand. Because at that time, red fighting fish were only available in Thailand, even though they were not pure red.

Until 2001, a Thailand betta fish merchant named Khun.Ek RueJo bought pure red half-moon bettas from Canada. and has been brought to continue breeding in Thailand

And has passed on this pure red Half Moon breed to Somkiat Intamu, a top fighting fish breeder in Thailand from Aquastar71, and Aquastar 71 has breed pure red bettas to sell in the market. Since then

Red betta fish for sale
Red betta fish for sale

Later in 2003, Mr. Somkiat Intamu made send this pure red long-tailed fighting fish and sent it to compete in the event. Royal Monument Park His Majesty King Phuttha Lertlanpalai and won Grand Champion No. 1 of this contest. Posted on November 8, 2003. Since then, this pure red fighting fish has become more well known. The beauty of the red color without any other colors caught the eyes of those who saw it. It can be considered a very popular fighting fish during that time.

And with the pure red betta from Somkiat being very popular, Many breeders They are bought, breed and sold until we see them in beautiful fish markets or online betta fish shops until today.

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