Meet Phoenix! Phoenix is located on the front counter of our school's lobby. Phoenix is our school's Beta club fish! The beautiful creature is a Betta fish, also known as a Siamese Fighting fish. He has a vibrant shade of blue, which turns red at the tail fin.
Betta fish were first discovered in Southeast Asia, living in rice paddies, ditches, and various flood plains. The colors of Betta fish are effervescent and unique. Even more excitingly, Betta fish can be considered labyrinth fish- fish that are able to breathe directly from the air and take in oxygen from their gills. The name Betta was intended as a combatant name and after an ancient clan of warriors called "Bettah." Betta fish are known as "plakad" or "The Jewel of the Orient" in Thailand. Also, they have been given the name "ikan bettah" or the biting fish. The male Bettas are also extremely territorial and may attack other fish. Thus, they are better off in a tank by themselves. In the 1800's, China began breeding Betta fish specifically for the purpose of fighting.
A Betta's diet can primarily consist of brine shrimp, dried bloodworms, or daphnia (planktonic crustaceans). The carnivorous fish will not only eat those items but also fish flakes and pellets. Bettas prefer their water to be slightly acidic and warm. Cold water can weaken their immune system and cause the fish to develop illnesses. The average lifespan of the fish is from 2-3 years. There are more than 65 different types of Betta fish known!