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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-03-2011, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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Scaring off the intruders or just one curious fish?

Any other Betta owners experience this?

Golden rule is never tap on the glass cause it will scare the fish. In this case I tapped Kratos bowl to get his attention when I feed him. Unlike all fish that get scared, he swim towards my finger flaring out his gills. I thought it was cute when he started following my finger. I don't do it anymore in case it stressed/scares the poor guy.

I get teased about it saying he probably thinks my finger is food O_o So is he a curious fish or just trying to scare off unknown intruders from his home?
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His behavior leads me to think he is defending his territory. I know of a lot of bigger fish species, Oscars being the only ones that come to mind right now, that are similarly attracted to interaction through the glass.

Remember that the tank your fish lives in is his or her's whole world. Ask yourself this question, and answer it honestly: would you choose to live there?
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Hmm that is what I thought as well. He always attacks anything the enters his domain. Whether its the chopstick I use to fish out uneaten food or leveling out the gravel to the thermometric. Yes he attacked it when I first put it in his bowl. Eventually he got use to it.
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