Betta fish are a favorite aquarium fish. They can thrive in large or small tanks and even small fish bowls which can only house one pet. An interesting dilemma that many people face when they go shopping for betta fish is deciding which color of betta fish to choose. Since betta fish come in almost every color you can imagine, it would be impossible to cover every color that is available. However, if you are just beginning your search on betta fish you should know that you will have a choice of solid betta, bi-colored, patterned or multi-colored betta. Each is unique and everyone tends to have their favorites.
Bettas are admitted for their vibrant coloring. Of course, there are variations that are pallid or white. supplementary likely, however, the dull color is a sign of emphasis or poor health.
Selective breeding can produce a rainbow array of colors for Betta’s. Some of the more common options are listed below, but you can find more variations from breeders.
Red -> Red shades run from bright to dark burgundy and brown .Normal reds have some black pigment on the body giving them more of a bicolor look, with a reddish/blackish body and red fins.
Orange -> Oranges are a bit more red than what an orange would look like, maybe more like a dark tangerine color.
Apricot -> sometimes called peach too. This is a soft pastel shade.
Yellow -> From golden to lemon. A Betta that is a mix of yellow and black can be a Chocolate if pretty solid-colored, but if the yellow scales are outlined, it’s called a Pineapple Betta.
Green -> The color turquoise is a genetic variant on green. A very dark green is very rare and highly prized.
Blue -> Royal blue, cornflower blue, and steel blue shades are all available.
Turquoise -> Turquoise is a color between blue and green, some claim it is not green, while others claim it is nothing but green.
Copper -> The latest iridescent color variation! these bettas were obtained by crossing with specific wild strains that showed some gold. Now they come in a light gold, deep copper, deep red copper and even purplish copper hues. these are truly gorgeous fish. Note that their true colors only come out when the light shines on them!
Purple -> Colors can be pale (lavender) to dark (violet).
Black -> Solid smoky or with lighter fins, called Black Lace.
White opaque -> This opaque color is not albinism, and you can tell as these Betta’s will have black eyes.
Albino -> A rare but natural occurrence like with other fish and animals. A true albino will have red eyes.
Multi-colored -> These Betta’s have mixed colors, and this name covers all fish that have no predominant color-tone.
Solid-Color Betta Fish:
A pure solid color beta fish will have no impurities. This means that the fish is one color from nose tip to tail. Pure solid color beta fish can be hard to find because most fish will have a slight impurity. If you do find a pure solid color betta fish consider yourself fortunate. You have found clean stock. A few of the more popular color choices of solid betta fish include cellophane, white opaque, yellow, orange, red, steel blue, royal blue, green, turquoise and black. A cellophane betta fish will have no color. This means the fish will have translucent fins and a flesh-colored body. The flesh color of the body is not truly a color, but it is a result of the flesh colored organs inside the fish. White Opaque betta fish are solid white. It is very hard to find a white opaque betta fish that has no impurities. If you do luck up and find one consider yourself lucky!
Bi-Colored Betta Fish:
A bi-colored betta fish simply has two solid colors. The fins will be one solid color and the body of the fish will be another color. The most common bi-colored betta fish combinations include the Cambodian – which has a flesh colored body and either red, blue or green fins – and the chocolate betta. The chocolate betta will have a dark body that is either black, dark green or dark blue. The fins on the chocolate betta will be either yellow or orange.
Patterned Betta Fish:
Butter Fly Betta Fish
Betta Fish with Blotches
These fish should not be confused with multi-colored fish. A patterned betta fish will have several colors that are in an organized pattern. Patterned betas are very desirable and rare. The two main patterns you will run across are the marbles and the butterfly patterns. The butterfly pattern is where the fish has a solid body and the fins have the body color along with another color. The marble pattern is where the fish has a flesh body with blotches of color on the body, tail and fins. A fish can still be classified as a marble pattern if it only has blotches on its body.
Multicolored Betta Fish:
A multicolored betta fish will have washes of different colors with no specific pattern. Narrowing down which color of beta fish to choose can be a bit overwhelming in the beginning. But it will not take long for you to decide which your favorites are. No matter which color you prefer, just remember, if you stock many bettas in a tank, you should watch for fighting. Protect any weaklings you may have from bullies.