The Betta fish is a popular pet among Singaporeans.

They are beautiful to look at and can be categorised based on their pattern, colour or tail type.

In this article, we’ll be differentiating between 13 different types of Betta fish by their tail type.

Here’s a quick video on some of the Bettas we’ll be talking about:

Common types of Betta fish

Crowntail Betta

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The Crowntail Betta has a tail and fins with spike-like characteristics. This is due to the reduced webbing between the rays of the fins.

Very aggressive
Dominant and territorial
Prefers to live alone

Combtail Betta

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Much like the Crowntail Betta, the Combtail also has rays at its fins. However, the size of its webbing is noticeably larger, reaching up to ⅔ of the way up its tail.

Can only be produced by selective breeding

Plakat Betta

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Also known as the short-finned Betta, the Plakat is a fish with large strong bodies, powerful jaws and a short tail.

This species is rumoured to be the ancestor of all other Betta fishes.

Extremely aggressive
Very active
Known for trying to jump out of the aquarium

Veiltail Betta

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The Veiltail is a common type of Betta that is widely available. You can tell this species apart from the others by its long and drooping tail.

Easy to breed
Less aggressive
Weak swimmer

Half Moon Betta

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The name of this species comes from its caudal fin which fans out at a 180° angle. As the shape resembles a semi-circle, this fish was named the Halfmoon.

Quite aggressive

Over-Half Moon Betta

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Unlike the Half Moon, the tail of an Over-Half Moon Betta can spread and reach over 180° around its body.

Quite aggressive

Rosetail Betta

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The Rosetail Betta is a beautiful variation of the Halfmoon. The main difference between the two is that the Rosetail has ruffled edges that resemble the petals of a rose.

Quite aggressive
Not recommended for new owners

Feather Tail Betta

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The Feather Tail Betta is very similar to the Rosetail. However, the Feather Tail has more excessive branching of its fin rays, giving it an even more ruffled appearance.

Quite aggressive

Delta Betta

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The Delta Betta has a tail that starts out narrow towards the body and widens towards the tip, forming a triangular shape. The shape of its tail resembles the Greek alphabet, delta (Δ).

Possibility of aggression varies for each individual fish

Rare types of Betta fish

Double Tail Betta

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The Double Tail Betta is a type of fish that has two distinct tails. Due to a genetic mutation, its caudal fins are separated at the base and grow in two lobes rather than one.

This species is rare as its babies tend to have a low survival rate.

Possibility of aggression varies for each individual fish
More prone to swim bladder disease
Not recommended to breed with other types

Half Sun Betta

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The Half Sun Betta seems to be a combination of the Half Moon and Crowntail/Combtail Bettas.

This fish has a large tail that spreads 180° wide like a Half Moon. It also features slight crowning between the fin rays and has webbing like the Crowntail and Combtail species.

Quite aggressive

Round Tail Betta

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The Round Tail Betta is a fish that has a fully rounded tail with no straight edges. This species is said to be extremely rare.

Comes in many patterns and colours

Spadetail Betta

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The Spadetail Betta has anal and dorsal fins of a Veiltail. Meanwhile, its caudal fins flare out and curve to form a pointed tail in the shape of a spade.

Less aggressive

Others types of Betta fish (Bonus!)

Giant Betta

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As its name suggests, the Giant Betta is a supersized variation of a standard Betta. This fish is differentiated not by its tail, but it’s mammoth size.

Their size is a result of extensive selective breeding.

Possibility of aggression varies for each individual fish

Dumbo Ear Betta

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This species of Betta has extra-large pectoral fins which resemble elephant ears. Hence, it is also referred to as the Elephant Ear Betta.

Quite aggressive
Can be found as any tail type

Raising a Betta Fish in Singapore

There are a wide range of beautiful and majestic looking Betta for fish lovers to choose as pets.

However, before you decide to rear one, it’s best you read our basic guide on buying and caring for a Betta fish in Singapore.

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