Betta fish (Betta splendens) or siamese fighting fish has been well known and popular among aquarists for quite a long time. It was fighting fish and its relative species paradise fish to be the first aquarium fish brought from Asia to Europe.
However, long before that the fish had already been bred in Thailand and Malaysia.
The fish has become popular due to its gorgeous appearance, unusual behavior and its capability to inhabit in small tanks. Also bettas are easily bred and interbred, so as a result there are lots of morphs that have various coloring, fins shape etc.
Wildlife species isn’t that attractive and colorful – it’s greenish or brownish colored fish with an elongated body and short fins.