can siamese fighting fish eat mosquitoesFighting fish were also latest in Australia by 1904, based on an editorial written by British born zoologist Edgar Ravenswood Waite and published by the Australian Museum in Sydney. Waite indicates that Australian specimens were introduced from Penang, Malaysia, near the border with Thailand. He also makes reference to two articles about “combating fish” published by Carbonnier in 1874 and 1881. Bettas could have first entered the USA in 1910, via importers in California; there is also evidence they were imported in 1927 from Cambodia. While it is doubtful when bettas became conventional in the aquarium trade, the early 20th century marked the first known departure from centuries of breeding bettas for aggression, to in its place choosing for colour, finnage, and basic beauty for decorative applications. In 1927, an editorial was published in Germany describing the long, flowing fins of the “veiltail” breed, which shows an emphasis on aesthetic beauty.