Monday, 2 December 2013

Stunning portraits of Siamese fighting fish

Readers could see phenomenal portraits of Siamese fighting fish perfectly lit in clear water, giving impression that the fish are floating in mid air. Award winning Thai photographer Visarute Angkatavanich created the series of enchanting photos. Siamese fighting fish have been line breeding for over 120 years. They are such stunning creatures that are suitable for aquatic rearing. Renowned photographer Visarute discovered that photographing fish is his true passion.  
Visarute said: When I was young, my father gave me some guppies, gold fish, and Siamese fighting fish. A few years ago I went to pet market and saw so many variants of the fighting fish which were different from what I saw when I was a kid. Those were my inspiration for this photo set.
Keepers are recommended to have only one male to a tank as they will fight each other to death if they were placed together.
Visarute loves to take the fish's motion in many ways
 of lighting condition to show their elegant pose.

The Siamese fighting fish as the name implies, is an aggressive
species; the real friction usually occurs only
when two males are placed together.

Siamese fighting fish has been one of the most well-known aquarium fish as they have been line bred for over 120 years in Thailand and Cambodia. The brilliant colours and long flowing fins of the species attract focussed attention whenever there are viewers. A long history of captive breeding has changed the shape of the species and today virtually all Siamese fish for sale are captive bred.
Variation: Females are usually not highly coloured,
 they also display much shorter fins.
The Siamese fish can be found in the still water of floodplains,
 ditches, rice fields and rivers in its natural habitat.

Many thanks to Ron Lim for sharing.

Alan CY Kok           

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