Ornamental Fish - Fighting Fish 2003
(26 April 2003)
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Betta splendens is a kind of fighting fish, which are
produced through the cross-breeding of fighting fish from Malaysia,
Thailand and Kampuchea. These cross-bred species is a very popular
ornamental fish. They are not breed naturally in this country instead
are bred using the standard Betta breeding techniques. Breeding and
selection of commercial Betta splendens are actively pursued in this
country. The new strains are actually originated from unattractive,
greenish and short-finned fish that is still bred in Thailand for
fighting. Hybridizations amongst different strains are commonly
carried out to produce attractive new hybrids, in fact often resulting
in brilliant colored Betta splendens with different shapes of fins.
Betta splendens are usually peaceful with other fish of its own size.
However, the males are very aggressive with one another. To prevent
fighting, they are normally kept solitary in transparent small
Local Fighting Fish (Betta Imbellis)
They are found in clear stagnant acidic water
especially in paddy fields, rubber estates or coconut plantations.
Quite peaceful among each other compared with the common fighting
fish. Male is brightly colored with green to greenish blue scale. A
prolific bubble-nest builder if supplied with live food. This species
can easily be bred and adapt in an aquarium environment if provided
with acidic cold water and a lot of vegetations.
Red Fighting Fish (Betta Coccina)
A very timid fighting fish is known as a dwarf Betta.
The fish is endemic to highly acidic black water area. After
conditioning the wild, the fish manage to tribe well in neutral
aquarium water. The fish can spawn in the tank by providing a
conducive environment and hiding place such as bogwoods or water
vegetation. They spawn in hollow PVC tubes or submerged bogwood. A
single pair can produced about 30 offspring.
|Date of Issue
||26 April 2003
||30 sen, 50 sen,
RM1.00 (2 designs)
||40mm X 30mm
||100mm X 70mm
|Stamp Size in
||34mm X 29mm
||SPM Watermarked Phosphor