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A Wonderful Betta Club In Hartford, Connecticut!
Proud Chapter of The International Betta Congress.
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your Horizons....Open your Mind...Then, Dare
to Dream Larger than Life...For Only You, can make your Dreams Come True!
The AstralBetta Society
(ABS) is a proud chapter of
The International Betta Congress.
Located in Hartford, Connecticut, we have many active members who meet every 3rd
Sunday evening to share their love of bettas and have a blast!
Fish, Fun and Friends
For more information on the AstralBetta Society (ABS),
please contact us at:
|Orange HM Male bred by Michael Randall. Winner Best Of Variety/Best In Class & Reserve Best In Show
|ABS Official Mascot-owned by Shawn & Rachel Gaspar
|The Winners Table at the ABS Fall International Show 2010!
The AstralBetta Society Merchandise Store!
*Please Note: All revenue generated from the
AstralBetta Society Merchandise Store Goes Directly To Our Club Fund For Our Future Shows & To Funding
Our Club Functions! ABS Thanks You For Your Generous Support!
|ABS Fall Show Club Favorite Betta
|Beatiful Marble HM Male owned and bred by Karen Mac Auley!
|Webmaster Michael Randall & Former ABS President, Jamie Lee, re-bag the show fish to go home!
If ever a fish has given spirit to the imagination, amazed its beholders, thrilled its
audience, and surpassed all other fishes in popularity, it is the Siamese Fighting Fish, Betta
splendens. There is little doubt that today’s wide fascination with the fishkeeping hobby has been added and advanced
by this most unique of tropical fishes.
The betta can live comfortably in only enough water to cover it. The betta’s brother
is apparently his worst enemy. His colors are those of the rainbow. He builds a nest to harbor his offspring and gives them
vigilant care. And yet, the comparison with other species, the betta’s needs are little, his resistance to illness great.
In fact, everything about him is pleasantly gratifying.
Betta (pronounced BET-TUH, not BAY-TUH) Splendens, also known
as 'Siamese Fighting Fish', derive from Asia. The bettas in the wild look very different than the
ones we know and have been captivated by. In the wild, speed and agility are more important than color and beauty. With this
in mind, you can envision the wild betta with short fins and dark, mottled coloring. The wild bettas are very interesting
and beautiful in their own way.
Bettas also are known to inhabit the shallow rice patties in Asia. These rice patties
are very shallow, muddy waters, not our ideal habitat for a fish. This is where their hardiness resulted from. They use a
special organ called the labyrinth to enable them to breathe oxygen straight from the surface of the water. If they did not
have this ability, they would not be able to survive in their natural habitat due to the low oxygen levels.
The males, as well as females, are very aggressive and territorial fish. If you
put a male in another males eyesight, it will result in a display of fins and color to intimidate the other male. The bettas
used in Siam to fight were the traditional wild type betta. That is where the term, "Siamese Fighting Fish", came from. We now only breed to share their beauty with the world and
hopefully, put an end to the fighting and mistreatment of this remarkable fish!
As you navigate your way around the site, please take notice of the wonderful photos
taken by our fantastic friends in Thailand! They are the masters at capturing this marvelous fish at its best! Also,
please feel free to leave the club your feedback on our comment card below or in our guest book! We
welcome all betta lovers and all of their wonderful stories! Please enjoy yourself!
*Information taken from Chok Pengit of Siams Best Bettas.