Adult Size: 2 – 2.5″
Minimum Tank Volume: 30 litres
Temperature: 65-75°F (18-24°C)
Ideal pH: 6.5 – 7.5
Compatibility: Shy. Do not keep more than 1 male per tank.
Lifespan: 2 to 3 years
One of the most instantly recognisable fish in the hobby! The Peacock of the Aquarium. Male Siamese fighting fish are only aggressive with other male fighters or fish with a similar profile (guppies may be mistaken for another male). Males of this species have huge, ornate fins and intense colours. Females are a little smaller and have short fins and usually less colour. Females are not aggressive to each other.
These fish are part of a family known as anabantoids. This family includes other familiar tropical fish such as the gouramis and paradise fish. They have evolved a special organ that makes it possible for them to breathe atmospheric oxygen. It is called the “Labyrinth Organ” and gives this family its other name which is “The Labyrinth fishes”.
What do Siamese Fighters eat?
Siamese Fighting Fish eat a huge variety of foods in the wild including small invertebrates. Live foods such as daphnia and bloodworm are the best food for Siamese Fighters in the Aquarium. They will also accept small, slow sinking pellets and granules as well as some flake food. It is important to crumble flake into “bitesize” pieces as these fish only have small mouths. Fighters are rather shy feeders so take care to ensure that they are receiving food if kept with other more active species.
What decoration is best?
These fish like to rest mid water on flat shaded surfaces. Broad leafed plants such as Amazon swords or Anubius are perfect for this. Ornaments will also be used as a resting place so take care to ensure that the décor has no sharp edges that may damage the males beautiful fins.
What fish make good tank mates for Siamese Fighters?
Male Siamese Fighters are only aggressive with other males of their own species or fish that look very similar to them such as male Guppies. Fighters are shy by nature and may be bullied by boisterous fish including Tiger barbs, Angel fish and Siamese algae eaters. Even peaceful fish can act out of character so always monitor you aquarium and its inhabitants closely.
How do I look after the tank?
Siamese Fighters, like most fish, thrive in consistent conditions and for this reason it is never a good idea to change all of the aquarium water at once. Change 10 – 25% of the water every week using a siphon to remove debris from the gravel. This is also a good time to perform maintenance on your filter. Always clean filter sponges in water that you have removed from the aquarium and not tap water. This is because the sponges provide a home to countless good bacteria that help to maintain your tank and the chlorine in tap water would kill them.
Before adding clean water to the aquarium always add the correct amount of dechlorinator and a bacteria starter.