The Longfin Dragon Scale Mixed Colors Male Betta is an attractive variety of Betta splendens distinguished by its longer fins and “Dragon Scales”. More prominent in appearance, “Dragon Scales” are slightly larger in size than normal scales and have darker edges giving them an armored reptilian or mystical dragon-like appearance. The Longfin Dragon Scale Betta comes in an assortment of gorgeous color combinations with its breathtaking body coloration radiating into the fins in varying degree, making each individual a unique living piece of art.
The Longfin Dragon Scale 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 Longfin Dragon Scale Betta should be housed with peaceful fish that will not nip at the Betta's glorious, flowing fins.
The ideal environment for the Longfin Dragon Scale Betta is a well-filtered and heated aquarium that maintains a stable temperature between 75° and 86°F. Though Bettas are often sold in small bowls in department stores, for the best care, Betta splendens should be kept singularly in aquariums of at least 5 gallons in size or with suitable, peaceful tank mates. The Longfin Dragon Scale Betta also prefers a variety of hiding places amongst the foliage of freshwater plants. Therefore, having a well aquascaped and appropriately-sized aquarium with a filter and heater is essential for the proper care of these otherwise hardy and colorful freshwater aquarium fish.
For breeding purposes, male and female Longfin Dragon Scale 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 Longfin Dragon Scale 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” to 1-1/2"