Caring for Siamese Fighting Fish


Female Siamese Fish

The behavior that resulted in the sport of Siamese Fish Fighting is still a distinguishing trait of the Siamese Fish, despite the customized breeding that defines the various types of this species. A warrior by nature, their aggressive behavior appears to stem from the male Siamese fish's need to protect his territory. For this reason, males should be kept separate at all times. However, both male and female Siamese fish adapt well to community tanks, provided that there is only one male Siamese in residence. Take precaution not to place them in a tank with other fish that are aggressive, because Siamese tend to get 'picked on' by the others, which could result in injury to her due to the nipping of the other fish.

Female siamese fish, on the other hand, tend not to be antagonistic at all and will do well when placed together. A pecking order will be established in the community tank. One female siamese fighting fish will establish itself as dominant and the others will act in submission to the ALPHA fish. As long as there are no new additions placed in the tank, there will be peace.

Female Siamese fish community tank

Talk to any Siamese fighting fish enthusiast and you will learn that Siamese fish each have their own personalities. They are friendly, curious and will get to know their caregivers. Some enjoy swimming into a hand and being raised out of the water to be stroked. There have been cases of female Siamese fighting fish that have suffered from depression and after sulking for a time, will starve themselves to death. This can occur if a male is removed from the tank immediately following spawning. In addition to their graceful beauty, these personality traits are what make Siamese fish ideal pets for people of all ages.

Female Siamese fish

Being territorial, a male Siamese fish would immediately go into action protecting his territory if another male arrived. Both of the males would 'flare' upon seeing each other. Had the second fish been a ripe female siamese fish, the male would have reacted in a similar manner, displaying to attract the female rather than to repel the male. The female siamese fish would have flared herself, although not in as dramatic a display as the male. Males and females tend to be easily distinguishable, but occasionally a female siamese will look quite similar to a male. When courting, both 'flare' and their colors intensify. Generally the female siamese fighting fish is less beautiful than the male and her colours are dull in comparison. In most cases, her fins will not be as long or as showy, however there are always exceptions. Often her caudal fin is roundish, in contrast to the very long and flowing fin of the male. The only way to know for sure if you have a female siamese fish is to look for her ovipositor or ova. This is where she produces her eggs and bears the appearance of a small white dot located behind the ventral fins. When they are very young, it is impossible to decipher their gender.

If a female siamese fighting fish that wasn't ripe, or ready for spawning, would have entered the males tank, it's possible that she would've been attacked, as non-ripe females are not tolerated within the vicinity of the nest. By not fleeing, a female siamese fish indicates her readiness to spawn.