Did you know that there are as many as 100 different types of betta fish? The common characteristics among them include ray shape fins, colorful bodies, and small size. And they fall in one of the two categories; BettaSplendens and BettaPictats. The latter are mouth brooders while the former are bubble nest builders.
Pictats are the type that happened to evolve from Splendens. They are comparatively larger and less colorful. And their fins are relatively shorter than the BettaSplendens.
Now here’s something you probably don’t know. BettaSplendens are the type of betta fish available in local pet stores. More often than not, breeders play with this particular group of fish only. And this has been the scene for as long as 200 years now.
With so much breeding comes confusion, doesn’t it? What I mean to say is that since there are too many people breeding the same kind of fish, you will come across several combinations.
But the common factor remains the same. And that is colorful bodies with long, flowy fins. So how do you tell one from the other? The answer is pretty simple. You examine the tail.
Based on that, what you see below is a list of the six most common betta fish available in any pet store.