I love these kinds of conversations! I watch my bettas everyday, for at least a total of 3 hours throughout the day. 10 mins here, half hour there. ect. And these two storys are what really come to mind to me.
Blue, my first ever betta. I used to work for a company that allowed us fish on our desks, but I was like, one of the 2 out of 600+ employees that ever bothered. Anyhow, Blue lived in his own 2.5 gallon tank on my desk. I often had rough days, and he started kicking his rocks around the bottom of his tank, so I'd hear the tiniest "tink" noises coming from his tank. I'd look, and he'd just swim all over, flaring up, trying to cheer me up. But it's weird because he only acted this way on bad days. and I've never had any other betta who would actually make noises to get my attention. Of course, whenever I came back to work from a day, or from my weekend, he was always stoked to see me!
Lucky- Now Lucky is the first Betta my girlfriend has ever had. And the first one in some time for me. He's a beautiful crowntail, Blue. in fact thats him in his temporary "cleaning" home. When I'm doing his 10 gallon. (he lives in a community with platys, and 2 cory cats) Anyhow. on the other side of the divider, is Flare. brand new, got him just a few hours ago. Anyways Flare well, Flares at Lucky. Lucky has not once flared back. he seems like he actually wants to go and be friends. NEVER gonna allow it, but it seems like he truly wants to be friends with Flare.
Zora first HM
Garnet my baby girl female VT
Vern my Pleco
My Other Guys
Lucifer my Siamese Cat