For us, being a ‘Reed Builder’ means not to be fanatical and obsessive about all aspects of corals, reefs and aquarium building, but also to harbor a general appreciation for all manner of aquatic life. Whether it’s fresh or saltwater, coral or plants, we absolutely love every facet of the environments that can be created between the walls of aquarium glass.
Every two years we travel to Singapore for Aquarama, not only to get a pulse on the Asian side of the marine aquarium world, but also to generally marvel at the sprawling freshwater fish competitions. Arguably, the top three categories of freshwater fish competitions are the Arowanas, the Discus, and the Betta fish. Last Aquarama we brought focus to one particularly eye-catching Jeweled Betta but this year we spread out our spotlight to feature many more specimens.
With somewhere around 1000 entries and since Bettas are much more affordable and accessible fish for most people, the Betta fish competition is probably one of the biggest draws for competitors, and for visitors to Aquarama. In between getting all the scoop on all the new products and industry news, we took a break to capture some of the most stunning Betta splendens on display at this year’s Aquarama 2015 international Betta fish competition.
Some of the pictured fish are champs, some of the specimens are the ones we thought to be most beautiful. But we think you’ll agree that no matter what your favorite fairy wrasse, or your favorite fuzzy colored stick, there’s something really beautiful about the timeless Betta fish that warrants us to stop and appreciate the flowing fins.