These Fancy Fishies Are Ready for Their Close-Up

A goldfish with a funny, bubble-like face. (Photo: Visarute Angkatavanich)

If you think fish are boring pets, these glamorous, close-up portraits of fancy fish breeds by Bangkok-based photographer Visarute Angkatavanich are sure to change your mind.

From goldfish (like the bubbly Oranda above) to betta fish (like the angelic white Siamese fighting fish below), take a moment to immerse yourself in the charm of these aesthetically inclined fish:

Beautiful white betta fish. (Photo: Visarute Angkatavanich)

It's easy to see why betta fish are one of Angkatavanich's most prominent subjects. Set against a plain white background, the feathery appearance of this betta's flared, fan-like fins almost make it seem as though it gliding through thin air.

Of course, their ethereal beauty belies their status as one of the most aggressive pet fish breeds out there. Bettas are incredibly territorial, which is why males must never be housed in the same tank or bowl. Even females can get a bit feisty if they're not given enough breathing room.

Bubble eye goldfish. (Photo: Visarute Angkatavanich)

In addition to betta fish, Angkatavanich also likes to cast his lens on the surreal visages of the many breeds of goldfish, like the bubble eye above.

It might look like this little guy is holding his breath underwater, but the puffy cheek pouches of the bubble eye goldfish are actually fragile fluid-filled sacs. These bubbles are the result of selective breeding dating back to the early 1900s. Despite their totally wild appearance, this fish breed could never exist in the wild because the bubbles are so fragile and prone to infection when punctured.

Gorgeous red betta fish. (Photo: Visarute Angkatavanich)

"I like betta fish because they have their own personality and character," the photographer explains in a 2014 interview with Popular Photography. "I like the way the fins move — it's just like a woman's dress."

If you agree with that sentiment, you can see more of Angkatavanich's portraits of marine life by following him on 500px and Facebook.

White goldfish with a touch of orange on its forehead. (Photo: Visarute Angkatavanich)