48 Types of Betta Fish: Tail Types, Colors & Patterns

Close up of two beautiful betta fish

Betta fish are known for their vibrant colors and unique tail shapes, making them a popular choice for fish enthusiasts. With more than 48 different types to explore, there’s a lot to learn about these beautiful creatures.

In this article, we’ll explore the different types of betta fish, breaking them down into categories based on their tail types, patterns, and colors. Let’s get started!

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How Many Types of Betta Fish Are There?

Different types of betta fish

Betta fish come in an impressive variety of types. In fact, there are around 48 different types of betta fish out there. To make it easier to understand, we can categorize them into three main groups: tail types, colors, and patterns.

Let’s look at 15 types of betta fish by their tail type:

  • Veiltail
  • Dumbo/Elephant Ear
  • Feathertail
  • Halfmoon
  • Rosetail
  • Crowntail
  • Over Halfmoon/Super Delta Tail
  • Plakat/Shortfin
  • Halfmoon Plakat
  • Double Tail
  • Half Sun 
  • Combtail
  • Spade Tail
  • Delta Tail
  • Super Delta Tail

Here are 10 different body patterns of betta fish:

  • Solid
  • Butterfly
  • Marble
  • Dragon Scale
  • Dalmatian
  • Full Mask
  • Koi
  • Grizzle
  • Bi-Color 
  • Cambodian

And here are 23 different colors of betta fish:

  • Red
  • Blue
  • Black
  • White
  • Alien
  • Orange
  • Gold
  • Green
  • Nemo
  • Metallic
  • Purple/Violet
  • Copper
  • Candy
  • Mustard Gas
  • Clear/Cellophane
  • Turquoise
  • Pink
  • Multicolor/Tricolor
  • Yellow/Pineapple
  • Piebald 
  • Pastel 
  • Wild Type 
  • Albino

Note that betta fish types often blend characteristics from different categories. For example, a betta might have a rose tail and also be bright red. 

You might see bettas like a halfmoon plakat with a solid color or a crowntail that’s shiny metallic. These mixes of tails, patterns, and colors make each betta fish special and different.

Fun Fact: Bettas have been captive for thousands of years, making them one of the most ancient and established domesticated fish species. Based on genetic analysis, these fish have been domesticated for at least a century.

15 Types of Betta Fish By Tail Type

Betta fish are often grouped based on their tail shapes. Many bettas have long and elegant tails, but some have simpler, less elaborate tails. Let’s explore the different types of bettas, focusing on their tail styles.

1. Veiltail Betta

Veiltail betta

A veiltail betta has a distinguishing long and flowing tail that hangs down beautifully, much like a veil. This tail shape is very common and features a rounded, long tail that gently flows from the body.

Their tail edges are smooth, giving a seamless appearance. These bettas are favorites for beginners because they are easy to find and come in many colors.

However, their long tails can tear easily, so they need careful handling and a clean, well-kept aquarium.

2. Dumbo Ear Betta / Elephant Ear Betta

Dumbo ear betta

The Dumbo, also known as the elephant ear betta, stands out because of its big pectoral fins, which look like elephant ears. These fins are much bigger than those of other bettas, giving them a distinct appearance.

They usually have a charming mix of colors, and often, their large fins are a different color than their body. Dumbo ear bettas are named after the popular Disney character, Dumbo, which is a fictional elephant with very large ears.

3. Feathertail Betta

Feathertail betta
Image credit: Nightfern

Known for its big and thick fins, the feathertail betta stands out in any tank. Their tails have a feather-like look, with fins that have many branches and layers.

Their tails often display a blend of colors that also adds to their appeal. However, these bettas require careful attention since their fins can be easily damaged.

People love them for their beauty, but they are more suitable for fish keepers who have experience, as they need special care.

4. Halfmoon Betta

Halfmoon betta

The halfmoon betta has a unique tail that spreads out in a wide 180-degree fan shape, resembling a half-moon. These fish show off a large, flowing tail that is about as big as their body.

Their fins are also big and round, which gives them an overall rounded appearance, especially when their tails and fins are stretched out in the water. 

Halfmoon bettas are a favorite among betta fish lovers because of their impressive shape. However, beginners often mistake them for other kinds of bettas that also have similar-looking tails.

5. Rosetail Betta

Rosetail betta

The rosetail betta is a variant of the halfmoon betta fish. They have a special tail that has a lot of branching, which makes them look like a rose’s petals.

People adore rosetail bettas because of their big fins and petal-like appearance. But, because their fins are so big, they don’t do well in tanks where there are a lot of pointy decorations or plants.

Rosetail bettas are a newer type of betta fish. One interesting fact I learned from friends and colleagues who are fish keepers is that rosetails tend to have more health problems. 

Upon looking up why this is the case, I found out that it is often because of inbreeding. Unfortunately, these fish also tend to live shorter lives because of these issues.

6. Crowntail Betta

Crowntail betta

A crowntail betta is easily recognized by its tail and fin structure, which features long, spiky rays extending beyond the fin membrane and resembling a crown. 

Their appearance creates a dramatic and spiky look, especially when combined with the range of colors and patterns they come in. 

Crowntail bettas are known for their spirited personality and resilience. They are a popular choice among aquarists who appreciate their striking, regal fins.

7. Over Halfmoon Betta

Over halfmoon betta

The over halfmoon betta has a tail that spreads out wider than a half-circle — like a full moon. The edges of their tail are straight and spread out evenly, giving them a uniform and streamlined shape.

This type of betta results from special breeding techniques that aim to make the tail’s size and shape more pronounced. These bettas often come in bright colors and patterns, which pair nicely with their tail shape.

8. Plakat Betta / Shortfin Betta

Plakat betta

The plakat betta, or shortfin betta, has a short, rounded tail, unlike the long, flowing fins of other types. This variety is closer to the natural wild bettas. They are known for being robust and swimming actively in the water.

Plakats come in different colors and patterns, with males showing off brighter colors and more noticeable fins. Their short fins are less likely to tear and get fin rot, making them easier to look after.

Fun Fact: The term “plakat” in the betta fish community refers to a short-finned variety of Siamese fighting fish, derived from the Thai word “pla kat,” which literally means “biting fish.”

These fish are more nimble and agile. They are also more robust and aggressive, which is to be expected given their history of fighting.

9. Halfmoon Plakat Betta

Halfmoon plakat betta

The halfmoon plakat betta is a special mix of the halfmoon and plakat types. They have a wide, 180-degree tail like the halfmoon but shorter, which makes them easier to handle.

These fish look bold and full, with round, full tails but not as much fin as the regular halfmoon. They come in many colors and patterns, each fish looking different. 

They’re also easy to take care of, with less chance of hurting their fins compared to other bettas with much longer fins.

Fun Fact: According to some sources, the most expensive betta fish ever sold was a halfmoon plakat betta bred by the renowned betta breeder, Kachen Worachai. The fish was sold for 22 million RP, which is roughly equivalent to $1,400.

10. Double Tail Betta

Double tail betta

The double tail betta is characterized by its distinctive tail structure, which splits into two distinct lobes instead of one flowing fin. This feature is what sets them apart and makes them easy to tell apart from other types of bettas. 

Their tails start as one at the base but then separate into two separate parts, creating a look that’s quite different from the usual single-tailed bettas.

Double tail bettas grow to a comfortable adult size of around 2.5 inches, making them a great fit for various aquarium sizes. 

Pro Tip: It is best to avoid breeding two Double Tail Bettas together, as this genetic mutation increases the likelihood of swim bladder disease, a condition often fatal for fish.

11. Half Sun Betta

Half sun betta

The half sun betta is a beautiful type of betta, known for its unique tail that combines features from both the halfmoon and crowntail varieties. 

Their tail is big and spread out like that of a halfmoon, but they also have these small extensions on the rays that make them look a bit spiky, just like a crowntail. 

Each half sun betta has a different amount of ray extension, which gives them all a special and eye-catching appearance. They’re not as common as other betta types, so they’re really valued by fish keepers.

12. Combtail Betta

Combtail betta
Image credit: Nightfern

The combtail betta is known for its unique tails and fins, which look like the teeth of a comb. Their tails are not as widely spread as those of halfmoon bettas, but they still have a similar graceful, flowing style. 

The rays in their tails and fins are longer than the webbing but not as dramatically so as in crowntails. This gives them a softer, more subtle appearance.

Combtail bettas can be found in various colors and patterns, and each fish is unique in its color combination. They need the same care as other betta fish with long, delicate tails.

13. Spade Tail Betta

Spade tail betta

The spade tail betta fish gets its name from its unique tail shape, which resembles the spade suit found in playing cards. This tail is broad at its base and tapers to a single point, giving it a fan-like appearance.

While they are known for their lively personalities, curiosity, and activeness in their tanks, it’s really their striking tail shape that catches the eye.

Keep in mind that male spade tail bettas might show some territorial behavior, especially towards other male bettas. However, they are generally peaceful when they are by themselves or with compatible tank mates.

14. Delta Tail Betta

Delta tail betta

Next up on our list is the delta tail betta, a fish known for its large, eye-catching tail shape. At first glance, they will appear similar to halfmoon bettas in terms of tail appearance.

However, unlike the halfmoon betta, the delta tail’s tail doesn’t open up all the way to 180 degrees. Instead, it forms a triangle shape, similar to the Greek letter delta, which is where it gets its name. 

These types of bettas represent a cross between the veiltail and halfmoon betta. They are a prime example of the subtle variations breeders have achieved within established types of betta fish.

15. Super Delta Tail Betta

Super delta tail betta

The super delta tail betta is a type of betta fish known for its large tail. This tail is bigger than the one you’d find on regular delta tail bettas. 

Their tails spread out gracefully, although not as widely as halfmoon bettas, which can fan their tail up to 180 degrees. The super delta’s tail typically opens between 120 and 160 degrees.

In terms of size, the tails of super deltas are comparable to rosetail bettas in both shape and size. However, while rosetails have ruffled tail edges, super deltas feature smooth and rounded edges.

10 Types of Betta Fish By Pattern

Betta fish are known for their variety of patterns, which come from years of selective breeding. Breeders have spent generations bringing out specific looks in bettas, leading to a wide array of unique patterns.

Let’s have an in-depth look at the 10 different betta fish patterns.

1. Solid Betta

Solid betta

Solid betta fish are known for having one uniform color all over their body and fins. 

This means their entire look is one single color, which might be something common like red or blue or even something more unusual like turquoise or orange. 

The key thing about these fish is that their color is the same everywhere — no different shades, spots, or extra colors. 

2. Butterfly Betta

Butterfly betta

The butterfly pattern is known for its eye-catching contrast between the fish’s body and its fins. 

In butterfly bettas, the body usually has a solid color. This color then gradually changes, often to a lighter shade, towards the fin edges. 

This change in color is similar to the wings of a butterfly, which is where the pattern gets its name. The fins’ edges are often white or pale, standing out beautifully against the darker color of the body. 

This pattern is an example of how much precision and control breeders have attained in manipulating different traits of bettas.

3. Marble Betta

Marble betta

The marble betta is known for its eye-catching, ever-changing color patterns. Each marble betta displays a patchwork of different colors unique to every fish. 

The reason behind their varied appearance is a special genetic trait that makes their colors shift and develop as they grow older. 

Marble bettas have a unique “jumping gene” in their DNA that moves around, causing their colors to change and evolve throughout their lives. 

This special gene can switch on or off different pigments, making each marble betta a living, swimming kaleidoscope of colors.

Fun Fact: Did you know that the marbling in betta fish was first discovered in the 1970s by Orville Gulley, a prison inmate who bred bettas in peanut butter jars? 

His accidental discovery of the marbling gene while attempting to create a black butterfly betta led to the vibrant colors seen in today’s marbled bettas.

Watch this video to witness how the pattern in marble bettas can change in a matter of days:

Marble Betta - Extreme 𝐂𝐎𝐋𝐎𝐑 𝐂𝐇𝐀𝐍𝐆𝐄 in a week ᴴᴰ

4. Dragon Scale Betta

Dragon scale betta

The dragon scale betta is easy to spot because of its thick, shiny scales that look a lot like armor, similar to what you’d see on a mythical dragon. 

These scales stand out more and are less see-through than those on other betta fish. They often cover most of the body and sometimes even part of the head. 

Their scales have a shiny, reflective appearance, making their bright colors even more eye-catching. Usually, these fish have either solid or two-tone color patterns. 

5. Dalmatian Betta

Dalmatian betta

The dalmatian betta is known for its rare and distinct color pattern. It shows a unique blend of colors, usually combining whites, blues, and orange shades. 

These colors appear in splotches, similar to the coat of a dalmatian dog, which is where it got its name. 

It is sometimes compared to the marble betta, but different genetics are at play between the two. Marble bettas have dynamically changing patterns, while dalmatians usually don’t change much.

6. Full Mask Betta

Full mask betta

The full mask betta, another distinct pattern type, is recognized by its consistent coloration that extends over the entire body. This pattern is a fascinating one because the color covers the fish’s body, including the head. 

Usually, betta fish have heads of a different color. But in full mask bettas, breeders have managed to extend the body color to the head, too, creating a uniform look. 

Full mask bettas come in different colors, often iridescent and found in shades like steel blue, royal blue, and green.

7. Koi Betta

Koi betta

Koi betta fish are known for looking a lot like koi carp. They have a special pattern that usually includes bright colors such as red, orange, black, and white. 

These colors are spread out in big blotches, making them look like the traditional koi fish from Japan. An interesting thing about koi bettas is that they can change colors as they get older. 

This is because of something called the “marble gene.” It makes them even more unique and attractive. 

Fun Fact: Koi bettas are a variation of marble bettas. They share the same “jumping gene.” However, koi bettas are rarer. While they can pass on the marbling gene to their offspring, there’s no guarantee that the koi colors will be inherited.

8. Grizzle Betta

Grizzle betta

Grizzle bettas are known for their unique speckled pattern. This look comes from the uneven spread of color across their body. It creates a grizzled effect that mixes see-through and shiny scales with their main color. 

You can find this pattern in many colors, but it usually has a blend of light and dark shades. This gives them a frosty or misty look. 

People really like grizzle bettas for their special and understated beauty. They’re not as loud as brighter-colored bettas but just as elegant-looking.

9. Bi-Color Betta

Bi color betta

Bi-color betta fish sport two well-defined colors. Usually, they have one strong color on their body and a completely different color on their fins. 

What makes these fish stand out is how sharply these two colors are separated — the line between them is usually very clear and sharp. 

It’s important to remember that to be called bi-color bettas, these fish need to have totally different colors on their bodies and fins, and these colors shouldn’t mix or bleed into each other.

10. Cambodian Betta

Cambodian betta

The Cambodian betta fish sports a light, almost flesh-toned body that stands out against its bright fins. Usually, these fins are a deep red, but they can show other colors too. 

This sharp difference in colors between the body and fins makes Cambodians stand out. It’s important to note that ‘Cambodian’ refers to the gene responsible for the fish’s pattern, not where it comes from.

The Cambodian gene is a single recessive gene responsible for this light-bodied phenotype. It is responsible for reducing the melanin pigmentation in the body while allowing for brightly colored fins.

Although they used to be more common, these days, Cambodian betta fish are rarer. 

23 Types of Betta Fish By Color

Betta fish get their bright colors from special cells called chromatophores and iridocytes. The mix of pigments like erythrin, melanin, and xanthin in these cells, along with their position under the scales, creates the fish’s vibrant hues.

Let’s explore the various types of betta fish by color.

1. Red Betta

Red betta

The red betta fish has a bright red color and is a favorite among many. This color is very common in betta fish. In fact, even bettas of different colors have a bit of red because of how strong this color is in their genes.

You can find red bettas in different patterns, like solid red, bi-color, koi, and many others. They look particularly stunning with fancy tail types such as veiltails, crowntails, or halfmoons.

2. Blue Betta

Blue betta

A blue betta is known for its beautiful blue shade. These range from a common “blue wash” to the more rare and shimmering “royal blue.” Some have a steel-blue color, which blends blue with gray tones.

In blue bettas, the intensity of the color varies based on how deep the chromatophores are in their scales. Like red, blue appears in various patterns and tail types in bettas. They are also one of the most common colors.

3. Black Betta

Black betta

The black betta sports a deep, dark color, which results from a high amount of melanin pigment. This shade can be a solid black or mixed with other dark colors, depending on the fish’s genes and how they were bred. 

People often choose black bettas for aquariums with lighter-colored fish or bright decorations. 

Some of the more popular black betta varieties include the black Melano, black Lace, and black Orchid. They stand out because of their rich color and attractive tails. 

Fun Fact: Did you know bettas enjoy resting close to the water’s surface? As top-dwelling fish, they prefer lounging on plants and areas near the top of the tank. 

In fact, there are special products designed just for bettas, allowing them to sleep comfortably near the surface. These are usually called betta hammocks.

Watch this black betta fish using a hammock:

My betta fish using his hammock

4. White Betta

White betta

Popular for its pure and elegant look, the white betta fish has an all-white body that varies from a bright, snowy white to a gentler, creamy shade. 

These fish stand out beautifully against darker backgrounds due to their simple color. Sometimes, under certain lights, they might show a slight shimmer, adding to their appeal.

It is important to note that white betta fish are not albinos; they have a genetic makeup that results in reduced pigmentation in their cells. Unlike albinos, they have normal eye color and are generally healthier.

5. Alien Betta

Alien betta

An alien betta fish is a unique and relatively new type of betta. They are known for their mix of bright colors, often with a green or blue base, and have dark, irregular spots or stripes. 

This gives them a ‘wild’ or alien-like appearance, similar to wild betta species. Their mix of exotic looks and vibrant colors makes them quite appealing to many. 

Alien bettas are a popular addition to plain-colored aquariums or tankmates. Their lively nature and the visual interest bring a pop of interest in a tank.

6. Orange Betta

Orange betta

The orange betta is known for its vivid and luminous colors. They range from a gentle, pale orange to a deeper, fiery shade. This color spreads across their entire body and fins, particularly in patterns like Koi and solid.

Sometimes, orange bettas have a glossy sheen that adds to their appeal, making them even more attractive. 

It’s interesting to note that orange isn’t a common color in bettas. As a result, they are often sought after, especially in specific patterns and tail types.

7. Gold Betta

Gold betta

The gold betta fish is quite rare and is admired for its golden color. This color variation in bettas shimmers when light hits it. 

This unique trait comes from a genetic change that affects the reflective layer of their skin, giving them a shimmering, golden look. 

These bettas are very popular among fish lovers because of their luxurious and eye-catching appearance. The shade of their gold color can vary from a gentle yellow to a rich, deep gold.

8. Green Betta

Green betta

A green betta stands out for its shimmering scales, which come in a variety of green hues. These scales have a luster, especially under bright light, where they appear like glittering metal.

The shades of green on these fish can vary significantly. Some have gentle, minty tones, while others boast a deep, vibrant emerald color.

Green bettas are quite rare, which adds to their appeal in the fishkeeping world. Their distinctive green coloring adds a welcome contrast to aquariums that have red or blue plants.

9. Nemo Betta

Nemo betta

The Nemo betta fish is named after the colorful clownfish that first appeared in the 2003 Disney movie Finding Nemo. The unique thing about these bettas is that they are not just made up of a single color. 

For betta fish to be Nemo, they must have a combination of either red & yellow, red & orange, or all of the three colors present in the base layers.

Nemo bettas belong to the marble group and carry the marbling gene. This means their patterns can shift over time but generally retain the same combination of colors.

10. Metallic Betta

Metallic betta

The metallic betta fish is famous for its dazzling, iridescent shine. This shine comes from light bouncing off tiny crystal-like structures on the surface of their scales, called iridophores. 

These structures create a range of sparkling colors, from steel blue and royal blue to vibrant turquoise. The metallic look of these bettas comes from careful breeding. 

Breeders mix domestic bettas with different wild betta species to enhance their color and give them a unique appearance.

11. Purple Betta / Violet Betta

Purple or violet betta

A purple or violet betta fish is often talked about in the aquarium-keeping hobby, but it technically doesn’t exist. Betta fish naturally don’t come in purple, as they lack a true blue pigment layer. 

Instead, their color results from light reflection and the combination of different pigment layers. 

The color that appears purple in some bettas is actually a mix of red and blue, achieved through selective breeding, but it’s not a true purple pigment.

Some sources say that ‘purple’ bettas are bred by pairing royal blue male bettas with bluish-red females. However, like any breeding process, it’s not as straightforward as it seems.

12. Copper Betta

Copper betta

Admired for its bright copper color and shiny metallic scales, the copper betta is a striking variety. These fish are a result of crossbreeding Betta splendens with wild betta species.

They are named for their unique coloration, which resembles the sheen of polished copper metal. However, they don’t strictly display a solid copper color. 

Instead, they exhibit a range of vibrant hues that can include shades of blue like turquoise, steel blue, and metallic blue, often with a luster that gives them a copper-like appearance. 

13. Candy Betta

Candy betta

The candy betta fish is a colorful and unique type of betta. They get their name from their unique appearance, which resembles a mix of bright candy colors. 

These fish sport a vibrant blend of red, blue, purple, and sometimes even yellow hues, made more dazzling by their shimmering scales. 

What’s truly special about candy bettas is their “marble gene,” a genetic trait that allows their colors and patterns to change over time. 

This means that no two candy bettas are exactly alike, each one evolving its own distinct look as it ages. 

14. Mustard Gas Betta

Mustard gas betta

The mustard gas betta stands out among the various types of betta fish due to its unique color. 

This variety sports a unique combination of dark blue or green bodies with vibrant yellow or orange fins resembling the colors of mustard gas. 

Furthermore, these fish usually have dark markings outlining the edges of their fins. Their tails often extend far out of their bodies and can take the shape of a halfmoon, delta, and super delta, among others.

15. Clear Betta / Cellophane Betta

Transparent clear betta

The unique feature of the clear or cellophane betta is its almost transparent body and fins. This gives them a delicate and ethereal look distinct from other betta colors. 

This unique appearance is due to a lack of pigmentation, revealing the underlying structure of the fish, including their bones and internal organs. 

The clear betta’s ghostly appearance offers a one-of-a-kind aesthetic compared to more vibrantly colored variants. 

16. Turquoise Betta

Turquoise betta

A turquoise betta is known for its striking blue and green colors that blend together, creating a shimmering effect. The way they look can change with the lighting — at times, they might seem bluer, and at other times, greener.

People really like turquoise bettas because of their metallic sheen. This makes them look even more attractive, especially in aquariums with simple decorations.

Apart from their color, these bettas can have different tail types and patterns, adding to their uniqueness.

17. Pink Betta

Pink betta

With its somewhat see-through body, the pink betta shows different shades of pink, from light to bright. 

They are often mixed up with albino bettas, but there’s a telltale difference: pink bettas have black eyes, while albinos have red or pink eyes.

A notable type of pink betta is the pink orchid betta, which I had the chance to own in my home aquarium. What stood out about pink bettas was their vivid pink color with white and deep red stripes on their bellies.

Interestingly, when I first got it, it turned red temporarily, a change also noted just recently by another betta owner on Reddit

After consulting with other betta enthusiasts, such color changes are normal and not a concern if the fish’s living conditions are right. 

18. Multicolor Betta / Tricolor Betta

Multicolor betta

A multicolor or tricolor betta has three or more different colors that don’t follow a set pattern. This group includes a wide variety of color mixes and patterns, making each fish special. 

Bettas are part of this group if they show at least three colors. Common tricolor bettas usually have color combinations like red, blue & white or green, orange & black. 

These bettas can look subtly mixed or very bold, which is why they’re popular with fish lovers.

19. Yellow Betta / Pineapple Betta

Yellow betta

The yellow, sometimes referred to as a pineapple betta, is known for its bright yellow color, which looks a lot like the sunny color of ripe pineapples. 

What makes them interesting to look at is the darker patterns on their scales that resemble pineapple skin. However, not all yellow betas have this pattern. 

Some have shimmering white scales on their bodies and heads, while others will be solid yellow all throughout. 

20. Piebald Betta

Piebald betta

A piebald betta is distinct for its unique face color. Normally, their faces are white or flesh-colored, which looks differently than the rest of their bodies.

Their bodies and fins can have many colors and patterns, but their faces always stay colorless. This happens because of certain genes that affect how color is spread on their bodies. 

In piebald bettas, these genes stop the face from showing any pigmentation. This makes their face stand out from the rest of their body.

21. Pastel Betta

Pastel betta

Popular for its gentle and light colors, the pastel betta has soft shades you see in pastel paintings. These bettas come in pale colors like light pink, blue, green, and yellow. Sometimes, they even have a soft, matte look.

Their fins and body show off these calm colors, making them a top choice for aquarists who are looking for toned-down aquarium dwellers.

22. Wild Type Betta

Wild type betta

The wild type betta fish is often found in its natural habitat in Southeast Asia. They have a combination of colors, including brown and green, with a bit of red or blue.

Unlike selectively bred betta fish, wild type bettas look less flashy and more ‘earthy’. This helps them hide in their natural habitat. 

Typically, wild type bettas have shorter fins that are not as loud and as big as that of other pet bettas. This is because they’re built for survival, not for aesthetic purposes of fishkeeping.

This type of betta fish represents the foundation from which all the vibrant pet bettas have been bred​​.

23. Albino Betta

Albino betta

Appearance-wise, the unusual albino betta is white and kind of see-through because it doesn’t have any pigment on its skin.

Due to their albinism, they are often sick and have vision and hearing problems. Moreover, their eyes often appear red or pink.

In the wild, albino bettas face a big challenge because they lack the usual coloring. This also makes them prone to blindness and skin cancer from the sun’s UV rays.

This type of betta fish is sometimes even impossible to come across, making them one of the rarest and most delicate types out there.

Frequently Asked Questions

Multi color betta fish in tank

What Is the Rarest Betta Color?

In the world of betta fish, the color considered the rarest is a true solid purple. But, technically speaking, pure purple bettas aren’t really possible. This is because bettas lack a true blue pigment layer. 

Despite this, you’ll find some breeders claiming they have true purple bettas, often to increase the price of their fish.

In reality, the albino betta is probably the rarest betta color due to two main reasons. Firstly, they are not bred on purpose, as they tend to have a lot of health problems. Secondly, breeding albino bettas is quite challenging.

What Is the Most Aggressive Betta Fish?

Among various betta fish varieties, the “crowntail” and “plakat” types are said to be more aggressive than other betta variants. Generally, though, betta fish are known for their aggression, especially among males. 

However, individual temperament can vary, so it’s essential to consider the specific fish’s behavior rather than relying solely on the variety to determine aggression.

What Is the Calmest Betta Fish?

Calmness in betta fish varies widely among individuals rather than specific types. Factors such as tank environment, water conditions, and the presence of other fish can influence a betta’s behavior. 

Hopefully, this guide has helped you learn all about the different kinds of betta fish and how they are grouped. Do you have a favorite among these different kinds? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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