The Natural Habitat of The Betta Splenden (Siamese Fighting Fish)

Rice Paddy

One of the more beautiful fish in the fishkeeping hobby is the Betta Splenden, also widely known as the Siamese Fighting Fish.

These fish come in a variety of different colours ranging from deep blues and greens, right through purples, to oranges and reds and even PINK!  Such vibrant colours have been developed through a process of selective breeding, and are not normally found in the wild – I’ll touch more on selective breeding in another post however.

What I want to address to day is where the Betta fish come from, and its natural habitat; the reason for this being is that I constantly hear a lot of opinions from many different people about the natural habitat and optimum aquarium conditions – varying widely from them living in small shallow pools of water for months at a time in dry seasons, to living in large pools of water all year round…and some people have even told me they are from the Amazon (South America of course) and that’s why they have to have a tank temperature of 28 degrees Celsius.

So lets get straight down to the truth and look at the facts and clear this up one and for all.

The True Natural Habitat



The Betta Splenden originates from Southeast Asia, and in particular, Thailand, although these fish have emerged in other parts of the world (notably Australia, where they are considered an invasive species).

Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia


Another common misconception is that these fish live all their lives in shallow muddle little pools of water.




The natural habitat of the Betta is actually in large, shallow, slow moving bodies of water such as rice paddies and slow moving streams and the like.  These bodies of water can extend for miles, and whether they be shallow or deep, rarely are these beautiful fish confined to ‘small muddy puddles’.


Betta Splenden True Natural Habitat




Some other tidbits for now:

  • Yes, these are TROPICAL fish.
  • Yes, Bettas do need good filtration and heating.
  • No, Bettas cannot live happily in very small tanks with low oxygen levels.
  • No, Bettas do not need feeding only once or twice a week.
  • No, you CANNOT keep more than one male Betta in a tank.


Here’s some beautiful examples of these amazing little fish:

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If you have any further questions, or want to know more, please comment below!!


  1. bennygayle

    This article is very well written, and the information is spot on. I don’t keep these fish, but I’ve studied them because some of my members do, and there’s little information online that’s accurate. They are definitely the most beautiful of the freshwater fish

    Understanding their origin and recreating their environment is the key to successful fish keeping

    It’s heartbreaking to see them in covered tiny bowls in the pet shops stacked on top of each other

    You’re obviously located in the UK, and I’m in the US, or I would indulge my fish in the food you’re selling. It looks fantastic

    I would like to see more websites like this one. Keep up the good work

    1. FishFanOne (Post author)

      Thank you for your comments Benny. I agree, there’s a lot of misinformation out there on the net, and even more so due to the proliferation of social media; it seems many people do not actually research for themselves anymore…they just as a question on social media, and everybody chips in with their opinions and what they believe is fact. Sadly, more often is the case that the information is completely false.
      With this blog I hope to dispel some of these myths.

      FYI I can ship bulk to the US, that’s not a problem.


  2. bennygayle

    Would you like to trade links? I get a lot of members from the UK.

    1. FishFanOne (Post author)

      Bennygayle, thank you for your offer. I’d be happy to exchange links and place a link to your natural fish treatment website in a link section on my website.
      Please, contact me on Facebook at my Facebook page and we’ll discuss –



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