What craziness was my betta doing? - Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-17-2010, 06:01 AM Thread Starter
New Member
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: jersey city nj
Posts: 13
What craziness was my betta doing?

Confused betta owner here!

When I woke up this morning, I got a little concerned because I couldn't see my betta in his tank. After a moment a flash of something at the bottom caught my eye- he was almost burrowed, head first, under some of the ceramic "rocks" at the bottom of the tank (baby biorb) up against the center filter piece.
It looked like only his tail fins were poking out. I got worried that something had happened and unplugged the filter, and he swam right up to the top of the tank. I've never kept a betta in a tank with anything on the bottom of the tank to get into before, so I've never seen them pay much attention to the bottom. Any ideas what he was doing?

Should I be concerned that he could hurt his fins on the ceramic rock things that came with the biorb if he's poking around down there?
lyra is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-17-2010, 11:42 AM
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 1,577
Probably chasing planaria--little worms that live in the gravel and sometimes climb on the glass, nothing to worry about. Definitely make sure nothing sharp is going to be poking out from the bottom, but other than that I wouldn't worry about it.
Adastra is offline  
post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-18-2010, 09:40 PM
vilmarisv's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 2,303
My first betta did that. I had some bigger river rocks in his tank and he dug himself under them.
I panicked and got him out but unfortunately the damage was already done because her died after a few days.
Now, I only have gravel in my tanks and some crystals. I used to have a little candle holder that served as a cave but one of my bettas liked getting between it and the wall of the tank so I panicked and got rid of it too.
vilmarisv is offline  
post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-19-2010, 06:24 AM Thread Starter
New Member
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: jersey city nj
Posts: 13
Glad to hear that other bettas do this too!

I decided that the ceramic "rocks" that came with the biorb were a little rough, so they've been out since yesterday, and I'm going to get some marbles to drop down at the bottom instead.

The biorb's filter is kind of raised up in the center of the tank, and the curved edge slopes around to the bottom, which leaves a little bit of space down there. He's definitely been poking around on the bottom a lot, but since I only have plant bases in that area now I think it's OK. Crazy fish.
lyra is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome