- Tropical Aquarium Diseases

Welcome to Fishdeals!

About Anabantids (Bettas, Gouramis, Paradise Fish) | Anabantids
About Anabantids (LABYRINTHICI)

(Click Refresh to see another Anabantid Photo.)

Anabantids > Quick Stats

Food: Many Labyrinth fish accept a wide range of live and dry foods.

Breeding: These fish are bubble nest builders and the tank should be supplied with a lot of floating type plants. The only problem in spawning the fish is the raising of the fry, as they are very tiny.

Tank Conditions: Varies: They have the ability to survive in water with very low oxygen.

Anabantids are classified as "Labyrinth Fish". The family belongs to the Order Labyrinthici, which is characterized by the presence of an auxiliary breathing apparatus in addition to the ordinary gills for the retention of air for breathing.

In the wild, labyrinth fishes live in weedy ponds and ditches which are always deficient in oxygen content. Anabantids rise to the surface and take gulps of air which pass to the labyrinth organ where the oxygen is absorbed by the tissues. The labyrinths are located on the top of the head, behind the eyes. The labyrinth looks like a circular spot of tissue which is very wrinkled, this wrinkling offers more surface area for oxygen intake. In this group are the Betta, the Gourami and the Paradise Fish. They are generally wide bodied fish with overly enlarged fins. Their pelvic fins are elongated and trailing.

All Anabantids originate from Southern Asia and Africa. Most of them are small and are very good aquarium fish. Some Anabantids can survive out of water for several hours breathing only through their labyrinths, as long as they stay moist. Anabas testudineus, known as the Climbing Perch, is said to be able to climb trees and to live out of water for up to two days.

Sexing some Anabantids is easy. The gourami is pretty simple. The male is most always with brilliant colour on the body and the female is quite bland compared with her mate. Bettas & Paradise Fish are similar but not quite as easy to detect. The male anabantid builds a nest of air bubbles coated with saliva which floats at the surface of the water. At spawning time the male wraps his body round that of the female in such a way that her belly is turned upwards so that when she releases her eggs they float up into the slightly sticky bubble nest.

Anabantids offer some unique options to fish keepers as well as presenting a few problems. Because some Anabantids are able to withstand cooler temperatures, and because of their ability to survive in water with very low oxygen, these fish can be kept in tanks or bowls without heaters or filtration. On the other hand, some Anabantids (particularly males of some species) are very territorial and some grow quite large.

The most commonly seen Anabantid is probably the Betta or Siamese Fighting Fish (which is generally said to be Betta splendens but is probably a crossbreed).

The colors of domestic bettas have been developed by selective breeding (and sometimes by crossbreeding), but they are colors determined by the genetic makeup of the fish. Color varieties with red, blue, green, purple, and many other colors in various combinations are widely available. Siamese Fighting Fish should be kept alone in bowls (the larger the better) or tanks without filtration as long as frequent partial water changes are done.

Anabantids > Navigate Popular Types

Betta Species
(Photo Gallery)

Gourami Species
(Photo Gallery)

Paradisefish Species
(Photo Gallery)

Varies a lot. Some Gouramis like the Dwarf will get along with everyone, Paradise Fish and most Bettas like to be the either the only male of their species around or by themselves. Too many males cause problems, some can be aggressive twords any other fish. Also any of the larger Gouramis like, Giant Gouramis, will eat anything that it can fit into it's mouth.

Any of various spiny-finned fishes constituting the family Anabantidae and including the fighting fish, climbing perch, and gourami. | Anabantids
Anabantids Related Videos

Sale on Premium Florida Deco Live Rock


  Sale on Premium Florida Deco Live Rock

Made in the USA! Real ALIVE ROCK. Covered in corals, coralline, etc. No curing needed. We could call it Premium, Ultra, Top Shelf, Cherry Picked but we will just go with AWESOME! Test buy a few pounds, you'll be back for more. SHIPPING IS NOT INCLUDED!

Review: The best rock I've ever bought!

Posted: 2011-07-08
$5 off $50 coupon


Coupon Code
Code: 5OFF50

  $5 off $50 coupon is running a $5 off $50 deal with the launch of there new website from now until May 31st, 2011. Use Promo Code: 5OFF50

Review: The site looks pretty cool, the inventory isn't as large of most online retailers but the prices are competitive. Shopping is easy, quick. Large images and videos of some products add value.

Posted: 2011-05-26
Marineland Eclipse Acrylic Aquarium System 3-12 Gallon



  Marineland Eclipse Acrylic Aquarium System 3-12 Gallon

The Marineland Eclipse Seamless Integrated Aquarium System combines a 3-stage Eclipse Filtration and Lighting System with a high-quality seamless aquarium, TetraCare support, and an informative fishkeeping guide in a complete package.

Review: I have owned a system 3 for almost 6 years now! If there was 1 word to describe this it would be: Effortless. This is a fine piece of machinery that looks and runs great, for years to come.

Aquariums -
Posted: 2011-05-12
Mag Float -125 Magnetic Cleaner for Glass


Fulfilled by Amazon

  Mag Float -125 Magnetic Cleaner for Glass

This is a revolutionary magnetic glass aquarium cleaner, unique because it floats. Its buoyancy makes it easy to operate and is easily guided around corners without sinking. The cleaning brush stays free of sand or gravel, preventing scratching and the strong attracting magnets easily remove algae. Made with high quality cleaning material and felt, high grade ABS casing. Click here to see the Mag-Float in action!

Review: Best aquarium cleaner out there hands down. There are generics at walmart & petsmart, don't be fulled. One thing to make sure of thought is if you have a acrylic aquarium get the acrylic one. They come in both acrylic and glass.

Equipment -
Posted: 2011-05-03
Pythonlike Aqueon Aquarium Water Changer



  Pythonlike Aqueon Aquarium Water Changer

Aqueon Aquarium Water Changer makes water changing easy. It vacuums gravel efficiently and eliminates spills and heavy lifting. Durable construction and auto siphoning. Built in on/off valve on gravel tube and sink attachment for added convenience.

Review: I own both this and the Python equivalent and it is painfully obvious that the Aqueon is way better made. The Python leaks horribly at the faucet connection and has snapped apart from the faucet multiple times. They're basically the same product, but the Aqueon is better quality and so I recommend it.

Equipment -
Posted: 2011-05-03