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Fishkeeping is a popular hobby concerned with keeping fish in a home aquarium or garden pond.

It's always a good idea to research a fish before you buy it. You never know if you are going to get accurate information from the person selling the fish to you and using the internet or reading a good freshwater aquarium fish book beforehand is always a good idea. Know what you want to keep and have a plan for stocking your aquarium. Never impulse buy a fish at the pet shop.


Betta /ˈbɛtə/ is a large genus of small, often colorful, freshwater ray-finned fishes in the gourami family.

The Betta fish is probably the second most popular fish kept, after Goldfish. The Betta Splendens is a favorite because of its beauty, its long fins and because bettas are relatively easy to care for. The male sports deep beautiful colors whereas the females are less colorful. Their stunning colors and flowing fins are some of the reasons for their popularity and the inexpenive purchase price helps too.

Betta fish are called the Siamese Fighting Fish because of its behavior towards other males of the same species. You cannot keep two or more males in the same tank. If more than one male fish are placed in the same tank, they will fight until only one of them remains. They will flare out their gill covers and erect their fins showing the other fish their fighting posture. This behavior is also why they are kept separated in small containers at the store.

My Bettas

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The Veil tail is the most common breed of Bettas. Their tails arch up, then float down, appearing to look a a veil; this is how they received the name 'Veil Tail'.

Cherry Barb

Like its name implies, the Cherry Barb can develop a deep red "cherry" color.

This color intensifies during spawning times with the male becoming a bright beautiful red. Wild caught Cherry Barbs are more intensely colored than captive bred. It is also called the Red Cherry Barb and there is an albino color morph bred in captivity, called the Albino Cherry Barb. This is recommended as a good beginner barb. It can be kept in a community tanks and is generally peaceful with everybody. It is undemanding and fairly easy to breed as well. It is actually great for any level of fish keeper as long the tank is properly set-up and maintained. This barb does tend to be a loner and can be a bit nervous with others, sometimes even with its own species. Although this little guy is generally peaceful with its conspecifics, It would be perfectly content to be kept singly. The drawback to keeping it singly is that it won't color up well. It's best to keep a mixed group with males and females to get the most color. It does best, and looks best, in a planted tank.

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