Betta Fish Club of Bangladesh (Fighter Fish)

The betta fish originated in the warm waters of Thailand, where the fish live in the slow-water rice paddies. Domestic bettas deviate greatly from their wild counterparts, as they have been selectively bred to enhance colors and fin characteristics.

The Betta fish that most of us are familiar with is a product of selective breeding. An Indonesian breeder "officially" created the Betta fish that we are familiar with in 1997. The native Betta's were bred for certain characteristics - not unlike how purebred dogs and cats are selected - such as more vibrant or varied coloring, and longer and more filmy fins and tails. In their natural habitat, there is not the variety, nor vibrancy of color in Betta's as there are in the one's that most who keep them as pets are familiar with.