Despite their relatively small size, Siamese fighting fish are well-known for their extremely territorial behaviour. And they certainly live up to their name. But they’re popular aquarium fish because they’re beautiful, with ornate fins and vibrant colors. Siamese fighting fish are usually one or more colors, such as red and blue.
However, a very special Siamese fighting fish was recently sold in Bangkok for &1,530. This fish fetched such an enormous sum because it’s got red, blue and white stripes, just like the Thai national flag. The man who sold the fish, Kachen, is a convenience store owner who breeds Siamese fighting fish as a hobby. He never thought he’d end up making such an enormous sum from selling one fish!
The 40-year-old Betta fish breeder, Kachen Worachai expected to purchase the Siamese fighting fish for a few thousand baht ( 1000 baht = $28) but was surprised when the bid hit 10, 000 baht ($285) on the next day:
“I never expected my fish to go for this price.”
Betta fish have been bred before to recreate the colors of the flag of Thailand, but he said not one have come close:
“The chance of getting a fish with the flag’s exact color is like one in 100,000,” said Kachen. “So many people have tried to breed the Thai flag colors. Luck was really on my side.”