Betta splendens Crowntail Black

6. January 2010

Crowntail bettas become more and more popular. Although they exist probably since the 1960ies and although the gene for “crowntail” is dominant, these fishes became popular in Europe and the US only in the beginning of this millenium.The exact origin of this cultivated form is not documented in literature. The first citable appearance we know of is in Jörg Vierke’s book on anabantoids dating from 1978, when crowntails already existed.

We have right now wonderful black specimens from a breeder in Thailand in stock. Black bettas are not easy to breed at all, because the gene for this color is a double recessive one (which means that it is “hidden”), and so this color variety always was rare. Breeding black bettas is a topic only for experienced and smart breeders.

However, keeping black bettas is the same as keeping other cultivated varieties of Betta splendens. This means that only one male per tank must be kept. It is also necessary to take care that tankmates are not too hasty and that they do not nibble at the long finnage. Also one should avoid to keep fantail guppys along with bettas, because the guppys are often taken for error as rivals and have not the slightest chance against the fighters.

For our customers: Black Crowntail Bettas have code 390543 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale market.

Text & Photo: Frank Schäfer

Angaben zum Tier
Herkunft Thailand
Verfügbare Größe in cm 6-8