I was lucky to be in Bangkok earlier this year during the ‘Symphony of Betta’ photo exhibition by a Thai artist – Mr. Visarute Angkatavanich. The 47 masterpieces show off the stunning beauty and elegance of the Siamese fighting fish. Now I want to own a fish tank (don’t think fighting fish like to share their space with others though) :))

Below are some info I got from the exhibition regarding main Siamese fighting fish species:

  • The veil tail: is the most common breed of bettas. The name is from its long disorderly and colorful tail. The veil tail has been developed from the short fin with extended finnage length and non-symmetrical tail. I can normally be seen in pet stores.
  • The wild beta: can be found in natural water resources. It is tiny with red fin and tail with a few black spots. Some specifies have green spots and stripes along the fun but when they are scared their color will turn brown like hay.
  • The short fin: is normally thicker and larger than the wild betta. It has been developed for fighting as well as beautiful colors. The name of this species presumably comes from the use of clay pot to breed it.
  • The delta: has been developed from the veil tail with a shorter single tail, but spreads like triangle. Later on, it has been further developed to have even larger tail and called Super Delta with extraordinary large and straight caudal edges like half-moon.
  • The crown tail: this species of Siamese fighting fish is very popular nowadays. The uniqueness of the crown tail is from its fin rays which extended beyond the membrane and consequently the tail can take on the appearance of a crown which can be short or long depends on its body. The perfect crown tail betta must have a perfectly spread fin rays which are symmetrical with other finds and its spiky tails must be beautifully in order.
  • The half-moon: obtains its name from its beautiful ‘D’ shaped caudal fin that forms a 180 degree angle. The edges of tails are crisp and straight, the caudal fin rays usually split into 4 lobes of more. A perfect half-moon betta must be symmetrical in shape, its body must not be too small and he finnage must spread out beautifully.

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Moonlight Sonata

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Poetry of the Moon

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Under the Moonlight

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Rhapsody in Red

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Rhapsody in Blue

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Dancing in D Major

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Joy of Spring

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Present of Summer

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Red Breeze

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Celebration of Red

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Symphony No. 5

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Symphony No.7

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Symphony No.9

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Ballet in Black

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Black Bird

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Wind

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Fire

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Earth

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Requiem Blue

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Requiem White

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Requiem Red

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Spring

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Summer

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Autumn

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Winter

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Allegro in Red

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Allegro in Yellow

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Allegro in Green

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Allegro in Blue

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Dance of Spring

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Swimming in Summer

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Autumn Wind

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Angel Winter

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Red Flower

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Yellow Flower

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Blue Ink

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Blossom Dance Hibiscus

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Blossom Dance Poppy

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Blossom Dance Iris

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White Dancer

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Black Dancer

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Flame Dancer

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Antartica

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Africa

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Atlantic

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Pacific

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