It is with great sadness that I must inform you that Pistachio (our library
mascot) has passed on from this life. He was a popular attraction at the Senior Library and will be greatly missed. He was over 3 years old when the library adopted him and lived another year with us, not a bad effort for a Siamese Fighting Fish. The average lifespan is 2-3 years. We have since acquired another male Betta to live with us, but we don’t as yet have a name for this one so we require your help. We would like to announce a competition to name the new fish. Please put your name and class on a piece of paper with your suggestion (there is a purple suggestion box in the SS library). Only names with a literary origin, authors or characters etc. will be considered. The best names will be shortlisted and there will be a vote for the most popular. Prizes will be awarded for the names shortlisted and the eventual winner. Good luck from the Library staff. Take a look at the information below on Siamese Fighting Fish. It is most interesting.
The Siamese fighting fish (Betta splendens, pron.: /ˈbɛtə/) also known as Betta, (particularly in the US), is a popular species of freshwater aquarium fish. The name of the genus is derived from ikan bettah, taken from a local dialect of Malay. The wild ancestors of this fish are native to the rice paddies of Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam and are called pla-kad (lit. biting fish) in Thai or trey krem in Khmer. Above Info taken from Wikipedia.
5 Fast Fighting Fish Facts:
- They can live in incredibly small amounts of water. Muddy puddles in rice paddies for example.
- They can gulp air from the surface in addition to using their gills to breathe underwater like other fish.
- Although placid when alone, the males will show extraordinary aggression when together, flaring up their fins and blowing out their gill covers.
- Male Fighting Fish build a “bubble nest” and secure the fertilised eggs to it, guarding them until they hatch after a few days.
- The title of S.E. Hinton’s 1975 novel Rumble Fish, is an eponymous reference to what two brothers call the breed. In Francis Ford Coppola’s 1983 film adaptation, everything appears in black and white except the Siamese fighting fish.