Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Ornamental Fish - Fighting Fish

Betta splendens, as featured in this stamp issue, is a kind of fighting fish produced through cross-breeding of fighting fish from Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia.

This species of fighting fish is bred using the standard Betta breeding techniques. The new strains originated from unattractive, greenish and short-finned fish, whereby hybridisations of different strains are commonly carried out to produce attractive new hybrids.

Betta splendens are usually peaceful with other fish of its own size, however the males are aggressive with one another. Hence, to prevent fighting, they are usually kept solitary in transparent small containers.


Date of Issue : 26 Apr 2003
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 30 sen, 50 sen and 2 x RM1.00
Stamp Size : 40mm x 30mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography


Bettas are carnivores and need food high in protein. They should be fed every day or nearly every day, however, do not overfeed or underfeed them.

A good rule of thumb in terms of amount to feed - a betta’s stomach is about as big as his eyeball and should not be fed more than that amount at a time.

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