31 Popular Types of Betta Fish

Types of Betta Fish
By Subhash Das Updated

While setting a freshwater aquarium, most of the fishkeepers decide to keep different types of Betta Fish or Siamese Fighting Fish because of their popularity, beautiful colors, and patterns which can increase the exquisiteness of your pet fish world.

No, they are not popular for their behavior because some species are peaceful and others are aggressive. However, Betta is not a demanding fish, which makes it familiar to both novice and expert aquarists. You don’t need to arrange many things for setting a Betta tank.

Just choose appropriate tankmates for their tank to control their aggression. Meaty foods and insects are the best foods you can feed your carnivore and feisty Betta fish.

Different Types of Betta Fish – Tails, Patterns, Colors

Not only one but you will find multiple species in a Betta fish family. All are diverse to one another in regard to their sizes, shapes, colors, patterns, fins, and tails.

For your idea about various types of Betta fish, we have classified their types in three categories – tails, patterns, and colors. Now, let us start a discussion on the various types of Betta fish.

A.      Tail Types

The most attractive features in a Betta fish are its tail and fins that make it more beautiful.

You will find different shapes of tail and fins of Betta such as flowing fins, short tail, fan-shaped tail, etc. Have a look at the different types of Betta fish with varieties of tail shapes:

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Veiltail Betta Fish

Veiltail Betta Fish

Quick Details

  • Size: 2.25” (5.7 cm)
  • Colors: Pink, Purple, Green, Red, and Blue
  • Tank Size: 5 gallons

The long flowing tail of this Betta fish makes it more stunning. Moreover, its caudal and anal fins are also long and float like a veil. This fish has an asymmetrical tail and the upper and lower parts of the tail are similar. The fins and tail of the female Veiltail Betta are shorter than the male fish but its color is brighter than the male.

Do not keep this fish with fin nipper fish breeds which can bite their fins or harm them. If you want to bring beauty to your aquarium, the Veiltail Betta is one of the best choices.

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Crowntail Betta Fish

Crowntail Betta Fish

Quick Details

  • Size: 2.4-3.1” (6-7.8 cm)
  • Colors: Multicolored, Bicolored (Red and Blue) and Red
  • Tank Size: 10 gallons

Native to Jakarta, Indonesia, and Slipi, Crowntail Betta Fish is one of the popular Betta fish found in most of the fishkeepers tank. This fish is distinctive because of its extended fin rays that look like a crown.

Another name of Crowntail Betta is Fringetail Betta because their fins look like the fringes of fabric. This fish can spread its tail into a full 180-degree angle. Therefore, don’t overcrowd its tank, so that it can easily spread its fins.     

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Combtail Betta Fish or Half Sun Betta Fish

Combtail Betta Fish

Quick Details

  • Size: 2.4-3.1” (6.0-7.8 cm)  
  • Colors: Green, Blue, and Bicolor
  • Tank Size: 1-5 gallon

With a fan-like caudal fin, and the tail of Combtail Betta Fish can spread up to 180-degree angle in a round shape like the rays of the sun. This is the reason it is known as Half Sun Betta Fish. The fin webbing gives this fish a spiky appearance just like a comb brush.

These types of tails have droop shape. The tail and fins of this fish just look like the lids of the comb and it is not rigid instead it’s flexible and floating.

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Half Moon Betta Fish

Half Moon Betta Fish

Quick Details

  • Size: 3” (7.62 cm)
  • Colors: Orange, Red, and Yellow  
  • Tank Size: 5 gallons

Just like its name, Half Moon Betta Fish looks like a half-moon. If you see it properly then it will look like capital D. The anal and dorsal fins of this fish is larger compared to other types of Betta Fish.

Its round beautiful tail is one of the striking parts which attracts fish hobbyists and dazzles the beauty in your aquarium. Keep right tankmates with this fish for its comfort.

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Spade Tail Betta Fish

Spade Tail Betta Fish

Quick Details

  • Size: 2” (5.08 cm)   
  • Colors: White, Green, Light Blue, Dull red and Brown, Deep Pink
  • Tank Size: 5-6 gallons

Quite similar to the round tail-shaped Bettas, Spade Tail Betta fish has a flower-shaped tail that is circular like the tower of a mosque. The tip of the caudal fins of this fish is also round in shape.

This slender-shaped fish is less demanding, so fishkeepers like petting this fish. Just maintain the water of the tank and the proper diet for this fish.

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Double Tail Betta Fish

Double Tail Betta Fish

Quick Details

  • Size: 2.5” (6.35 cm)
  • Colors: Purple, Green, Red, Assorted Colors
  • Tank Size: 1.4 gallons

Double Tail Betta Fish have two tails and two caudal fins that look like a flower. It will entirely look like a flower if you watch it from very far. It can spread its fins and tail as much as it wants. This fish has a small body but broad dorsal and anal fins that look similar.

As this fish has a double tail, so it needs much space to swim. So, set a rectangular shaped tank for this fish.  

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Delta Betta Fish

Delta Betta Fish

Quick Details

  • Size: 2.25” (5.7 cm)
  • Colors: White, Red, Opaque, Orange, Pastel, Green and Steel Blue
  • Tank Size: 2-5 gallons

We all have probably seen delta regions in riverside, so the body of this fish is just like a delta. One side of this fish is rounder and larger than the other side. There are two types of Delta Bettas – Super Delta and Standard Delta. The Super Delta Betta has horizontal lines on its body and the Standard Delta has symmetrical-shaped lines on its body.

This fish also looks like Half Moon Betta Fish because of its half-circular shape of 180-degree. Maintain the water condition to keep them healthy because this fish has a tendency to get affected with bacterial diseases.   

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Plakat Betta Fish

Plakat Betta Fish

Quick Details

  • Size: 1.25-1.75” (3.17-4.44 cm)
  • Colors: Multicolored, Bicolored
  • Tank Size: 5 gallons

Plakat Betta is a short-tailed Betta fish that has sharp anal fins which are pointed. The tail of this fish is half circular in shape and the scales of this fish gives a shimmering effect to the tank water. Feed them live worms to maintain their colors.

This Betta Fish can breathe from their labyrinth organ of the body. Plakat Bettas sprinkling colors makes the fish more attractive to fishkeepers.

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Rosetail or Feathertail Betta Fish

Rosetail Betta Fish

Quick Details

  • Size: 2” (5.06 cm)
  • Colors: Multi-Shaded, Pink, White
  • Tank Size: 2.5 gallons

This fish is known as Rosetail Betta fish because its fins and tail are just like a flower. The ruffled petal-shaped tail of the fish has a velvety feather appearance which makes the fish gorgeous and brings elegance in your aquarium.

Moreover, the zig-zag colors and patterns of the body of this Betta are quite appealing. Never keep fin-nipping species in the tank that can harm this long-feathered fish.

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Round Tail Betta Fish

Round Tail Betta Fish

Quick Details

  • Size: 2” (5.08 cm)  
  • Colors: Green, Red, Yellow and Blue
  • Tank Size: 2.5 gallons

The Round Tail Betta Fish is quite similar to Delta Fish because it somehow looks like it and it also looks like the shape of the alphabet D. This fish also has short fins with sharp edges on both the sides. Try to arrange a spacious aquarium for this fish as this is an active breed.

Round Tail Betta Fish do not like overcrowded tank, so don’t add too much fish in its tank because its heavy in weight and it needs huge space to dwell.
  

B.      Pattern Types

Along with the various tail types, there are different patterned Betta Fish that have various shades and scale types.

Some fish are plain and some have stunning patterns which attract the fish hobbyists. Take a look at some of them:

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Bi-Colored Betta Fish

Bicolor Betta Fish

Quick Details

  • Colors: Orange-White, Red-Blue, Black-Red, Green-Silver, etc.
  • Pattern: Floating Long Fins and Tail
  • Tank Size: 5 gallons

Bi-Colored Betta Fish has two colors in its body. The fins and tail of this fish have different color, and the body and scales of the fish have another color. You will find this bi-colored fish in different patterns and contrast colors. Feed them brine shrimps and worms to maintain their vibrant shades.

Usually, this fish has shiny scales on their body and long fins. It will be better if you don’t keep any fin-nipper species in its tank.

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Multicolored Betta Fish

Multicolored Betta Fish

Quick Details

  • Colors: Several Colors Mixed
  • Pattern: Multiple Iridescent Shades on the Scales and Fins
  • Tank Size: 4-5 gallons

If any Betta Fish have three or more colors in its body which are completely different from one another then the fish is known as Multicolored Betta Fish. Some fish have different shades on its scales, some have a different color on its fins and others have multi-shaded body.

To maintain the coloration of Multicolored Betta Fish, maintain the water condition and diet plan of the fish because Bettas are prone to bacterial diseases that fade their colors. Moreover, wrong food habits can also be one of the reasons that they lose their shades.  

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Butterfly Betta Fish

Butterfly Betta Fish

Quick Details

  • Colors: Green Iridescent Color, Red, Metallic Blue, and Blue-White
  • Pattern: Long Colorful Flowing Wings and Shinning Scales
  • Tank Size: 5-6 gallons

The fins of Butterfly Betta Fish are just like a butterfly that has different spots and colors on its fins. This fish has bands, two tones, stripes or round spots on the fins and tail.

The scales of Butterfly Betta Fish are brighter than other types of Betta Fish. Maintain the nutrition of the fish by feeding them on time because that will help in maintaining the colors and health of the fish.

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Cambodian Betta Fish

Cambodian Betta Fish

Quick Details

  • Colors: Yellow, Red, Orange, Black, and Red-White
  • Pattern: Solid Color, Bi-Colored and Multicolored Fade Shade
  • Tank Size: 5 gallons

Cambodian Betta Fish is the variation on the Bicolor-Betta because both of them have similar color patterns. But their body color is pale and they are not brighter than other Bettas.

These matte-shaded Betta fish have one solid-colored body and its fins are different in colors. If the water quality of the aquarium is good then this fish will never be affected by any disease.

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Marble Betta Fish

Marble Betta Fish

Quick Details

  • Colors: Blue, Purple, White, etc.
  • Pattern: Blotched and Splashed Patten
  • Tank Size: 3 gallons

The marble-like pattern on the entire body of Betta Fish is quite attractive and distinct to other Bettas. The amazing pattern of this fish is the reason that its name is Marble Betta Fish.

The blotchy or splash-like colors highlight the body and fins of this fish. Feed crustaceans and high nutritional food to this fish for maintaining its color.

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Dragon Betta Fish

Dragon Betta Fish

Quick Details

  • Colors: White, Solid Red, Golden, Silver-Red, etc.
  • Pattern: Metallic and Vibrant Shaded
  • Tank Size: 5 gallons

Dragon Betta Fish has thick and shimmering scales on its body and the shape of its mouth is quite large. Usually, this fish has metallic shades and the base color of its body is rich and vibrant. Another name of this fish is Metallic Betta Fish because of its bright and metallic color.

This fish is aggressive in nature, so try to avoid keeping it with peaceful breeds. Generally, this breed prefers isolation, so you can keep them alone also.

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Piebald Betta Fish

Piebald Betta Fish

Quick Details

  • Colors: White, Light Pink, Powdery Blue, etc.
  • Pattern: Butterfly Patterned with Marbling Effects
  • Tank Size: 5 gallons

The fins of this fish look like a dancing gown because of the floral and round pattern. You will find splitting colors on the body of this fish. The scales of the fish also sprinkle like rainbow colors. This fish also has a slight marbling effect on its body like Marble Betta Fish.

Don’t get confused between Marble Betta and Piebald Betta fish because both are quite similar to their pattern but Marble Betta has straight fins and Piebald Betta has flower-shaped fins.            

C.      Color Types

Betta Fish is also categorized in various colors, and these colorful fish breeds can add beauty to your fish world if you adopt them. Just maintain the nutrition of the fish breeds to manage the shades of their body.

The more you feed live and colorful foods to this fish, the more beautiful colors and patterns they will have. Know about some common colors of Betta Fish:

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Black Betta Fish

Black Betta Fish

Quick Details

  • Colors: Dark and Light Black
  • Tank Size: 5-6 gallons

Black Betta Fish are of three types – melano (plain black), metallic (copper black) and silky black (fertile black lace). The most popular Black Betta is Melano Black Betta fish that has black pigment and pale scales.

The Black Lace Betta has a silky appearance and its fins are like the lace of cloth. The Metallic Betta is copper-black shaded, and all these breeds can bring beauty in your tank.

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Clear Betta Fish

Clear Betta Fish

Quick Details

  • Colors: Opaque White, Transparent Color, Light Pink
  • Tank Size: 5 gallons

Clear Betta is also known as Cellophane Betta Fish because of the translucent color on its body. Fishkeepers like to keep this fish in their tank because of its fleshy-shaded appearance and shinning skin.

The fins and tail of this fish are also transparent and bright. Their eyes are bright black like Albino Betta. Some Clear Betta Fish are pale in color but not transparent shaded.    

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Blue Betta Fish

Blue Betta Fish

Quick Details

  • Colors: Metallic Blue, Electric Blue, Light Blue, Dark Blue, Powdery Blue
  • Tank Size: 5 gallons

There are three shades of Blue Betta Fish – Steel Blue, Light Blue, and Royal Blue. The chic colors of Blue Betta are not only mesmerizing but also iridescent which bring shine in the water of the aquarium.

Blue Betta Fish has an electrical shade and pattern on its body which makes it brighter than other fish breeds.     

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Chocolate Betta Fish

Chocolate Betta Fish

Quick Details

  • Colors: Chocolate Brown with Dark Orange Fins and Tail
  • Tank Size: 5 gallons

This Betta Fish has a brown body and yellow or orange fins and tails. Their dark chocolaty color and black shining eyes appeal the attention of fishkeepers.

You will find this fish in dark blue and dark green also. Another name of this fish is Mustard Gas Betta because of the bright yellow-orange fins and tail of the fish.

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Copper Betta Fish

Copper Betta Fish

Quick Details

  • Colors: Copper, Light Gold, Metallic Brown
  • Tank Size: 5-6 gallons

Usually, this fish has shimmering copper or light gold colored body. The metallic shine of the fish makes it look like a copper showpiece. Hence, it is a perfectly suitable fish for your aquarium because of its beautiful looks.

Copper Betta Fish looks light golden or silvery in a dim light. The shape of the Copper Betta Fish is like a long floating leaf.   

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Green Betta Fish

Green Betta Fish

Quick Details

  • Colors: Dark Green, Light Green, Silvery Green
  • Tank Size: 5 gallons

Green-shaded Betta fish is rarely found for aquariums. This beautiful Green Betta Fish has bright barbels and medium-sized fins. The neck portion of this fish is reddish in color.

The tail of this fish is oyster shaped and its body is slender. You can get both light-colored and dark-colored Betta Fish in this breed.

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Orange Betta Fish

Orange Betta Fish

Quick Details

  • Colors: Light and Dark Orange
  • Tank Size: 5 gallons

Orange Betta Fish has a rich tangerine-type body shape and solid orange color scales. The fins and tail of this fish look like a flower. The vibrant orange color of the fish seems like spectrum illumination in the water of the fish tank.

Some orange-shaded Betta Fish also have other colors on their fins and tail. Every Orange Betta does not have a solid color.

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Pastel Betta Fish

Pastel Betta Fish

Quick Details

  • Colors: Milky White, Light Pastel Green, Pale Pink
  • Tank Size: 5 gallons

Pastel Betta Fish is also known as Opaque Betta because of the milky-white body and light-shaded fins of the fish. The serene white or transparent color of this fish brings contentment in the eyes of the fishkeepers because of its opaque color. 

Psychologists recommend keeping Pastel Betta Fish in the room of those people who are engrossed with mental diseases or stress-related health issues because it is amazing to watch these light and beautiful fish swimming in the fish tank.   

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Red Betta Fish

Red Betta Fish

Quick Details

  • Colors: Bright Red and Cherry Red
  • Tank Size: 4-5 gallons

Red Betta Fish are often kept in both beginners and experienced aquarist’s aquarium because of its peaceful nature. Moreover, the beautiful bright color of this fish is soothing to watch. Even psychologists recommend keeping Red Betta Fish in an aquarium because it is a mood booster and helps in releasing stress.  

You will get bright red, blood red, cherry red and electric red in the shades of Red Betta fish. It is better to feed brine shrimps to this Betta Fish.    

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Purple Betta Fish

Purple Betta Fish

Quick Details

  • Colors: Light Purple and Dark Violet
  • Tank Size: 5 gallons

The tail and fins of Purple Betta fish are medium and straight. The entire body of this fish is either solid violet or purple color. The top-most portion of this fish is metallic color and the tail ending region is whitish.   

Some Purple Betta Fish is dark-shaded like the color of brinjal and others are light-shaded like the color of lavender flower.   

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Albino Betta Fish

Albino Betta Fish

Quick Details

  • Colors: Pink-Red and Tri-Color
  • Tank Size: 5 gallons

Albino Betta Fish is rarely found, so aquarists always try to pet this fish because of its uncommon features and looks. Some fish are completely single-shaded and others are mixed with 2-3 hues.

Their flowery-shape makes them gorgeous and the long fins help them swim fast. These fish are available in bi-color and tri-color also.

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Yellow Betta Fish

Yellow Betta Fish

Quick Details

  • Colors: Yellow, Butter Shaded
  • Tank Size: 5 gallons

This fish is also known as Pineapple Betta Fish because of the bright yellow color which is just like pineapple. The large black eyes of this fish help it find out insects and other foods in the night. The scales of this fish are smaller than other Bettas and its fins are large and wavy.   

This Betta Fish is known as Pineapple Betta because of its bright yellow color which attracts the fishkeepers to adopt Yellow Betta Fish in their tank.  

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Turquoise Betta Fish

Turquoise Betta Fish

Quick Details

  • Colors: Turquoise
  • Tank Size: 5 gallons

The blue-green mixed color is known as turquoise shade. The tail and fins of Turquoise Betta Fish are bluish in color and you will find light greenish shade on the scales or barbels of this fish.

Turquoise Betta Fish can have both long and short fins that vary from species to species. The tail region of this fish is like the petals of a flower.

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Orange Dalmatian Betta Fish

Orange Dalmatian Betta Fish

Quick Details

  • Colors: Pale Orange
  • Tank Size: 4-5 gallons

The color of this Betta is like peach or apricot, light orangish. There are dark orange shades on the fins and tail of Orange Dalmatian Betta Fish. Their fins and tail are shorter than other Betta Fish.

The light orange shade of this fish gives contentment to the eyes of the aquarists. Its apricot shade has named it Apricot Betta Fish.

Bottom Line

Hope after reading the entire facts about different types of Betta Fish, you have acquired information about various fish that you have hardly seen or heard about. These ideas may help you in choosing various fish for your aquarium.

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