The Violet Crowntail Betta features an exotic and unusual coloration among Betta splendens. In addition, the Violet Crowntail Betta has impressive fringed fins that dramatically accent the highly desirable and appealing violet coloration. The “Crowntail” variety is notable for its deeply scalloped fins. The rays extend beyond the webbing of the fins, creating “peaks and valleys” for a striking crown-like effect.
The Violet Crowntail Betta shares the same care requirements as other Betta splendens varieties. As such, only one male Betta should be kept in an aquarium. However, the smaller, shorter-finned females may be housed together with caution. If kept in a community aquarium, the Violet Crowntail Betta should be housed with peaceful fish that will not nip at the Betta’s glorious, flowing fins.
An ideal environment for the Violet Crowntail Betta is a well-filtered aquarium that maintains a stable temperature between 75° and 86°F. Though other varieties of Bettas are often sold in small bowls in department stores, for the best care, the Violet Crowntail Betta should be kept singly in aquariums of at least 1 gallon. The Violet Crowntail Betta also prefers a variety of hiding places amongst the foliage of freshwater plants.
For breeding purposes, male and female Violet Crowntail Bettas can be temporarily housed together. Once the female lays the eggs, the eggs are placed inside a bubble nest and tended by the male Betta. Fry appear in about 24 hours and must be fed very small food initially, such as crushed or powdered flakes and newly hatched brine shrimp. Fry will also accept finely chopped hard-boiled egg yolk.
The Violet Crowntail Betta is a carnivore and its diet should consist of a quality flake food, pelleted Betta diet, frozen or freeze-dried bloodworms and brine shrimp.
Approximate Purchase Size: 1-1/2″ – 2″