Bettas and their bizarre behavourism - Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-08-2012, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
New Member
Memphis's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Canada
Posts: 47
Bettas and their bizarre behavourism

And I am back with more bizarre tales of Kratos and his bizarre behaviorism.

It's been last November when I rescued this bundle of joy from Petsmart, as a newbie to fish I learned more about the world of Siamese Fighting Fish each day. Countless research left hidden things about their behavior. Not everyone is like me who sites and observe her fish on a daily biases. Then again, it is pretty hard when your critter lives on top of your desk 24/7 swimming around happily while you do your thing on the PC. During these months I sit and watch him do this thing in his watery home. Watching his reactions when he sees his reflection, how he stalks her worms and lunges at them with force. I even experienced with a chop stick when I wish fishing out unwanted stuff in his bowl, and dangling a frozen blood worm in his water. For a small fish, he sure packs a punch. I can only imagine if that was my finger.

I even observe his sleeping pattern which cause many debates "Do fish sleep?" And my theory is I wouldn't call it "sleep" it's more like cat naps to restore some of their energy. Even with the slightest movement wakes him up, so this concludes that they are not heavy sleepers, but possibly partial asleep and partial awake to be aware of what is going on around them. Again, this is my own theory and I am not saying I am now the answer or I am right/wrong. And yes Bettas love perching on things to take their cat nap, all though it's not always the case. I seen him floating around napping.

Another odd behavior which I asked here is about territorial. Bettas do not like another male in their presence and will fight. Each Betta is different from each other. In this case, Kratos does not like foreign objects in or near his home. I have seen him beat up his thermometer in his bowl when I first put it in. AND he stills bumps into it to bug me. Chopsticks he attacks when I fish out unwanted stuff out of his bowl. Anything placed in front of his bowl he will flare at it, and for exercise I let him flare his gills and chase pens across the glass. I don't do this often in case it stresses him out.

Hand moment. I don't know what is with Kratos and hand movement. But he get's all crazy doing flip flops and weird stuff. I discovered this when I was doing some hand exercise.

Bettas are curious and sociable creatures. Kratos LOVES attention from people, and will swim around until he gets it. Often distracting visitors who use my PC, and yes I get told many times "You damn fish is distracting me. All I see is this fish swimming around." He just want to see who is the stranger using his owner's PC.
Another thing I notice is him staring at the monitor. I have his bowl in angle on the side of my monitor. I catch him occasionally parked on the side of the bowl just staring at my monitor.

Bettas make noises? Strange as this sounds, yes they do. Not the ones we already know of: crunching on food, splashing, popping sound when they build their bubble nests. I notice this today when I was at my PC. In the corner of my eye, I see Kratos in his favorite corner rebuilding his nest after I mangled it last night water change. So I continue doing my thing until I heard this really odd noise. Sorta like a duck quacking, but not the same. I know it's not my PC cause my volume is muted, and then I keep hearing it. Looked over where Kratos is, and sure enough the noise was coming from his direction. I joked saying "Must be Spring Fever" I quickly google to see if Bettas DO make noises like some fish do. And yes some claimed theirs made clicking noises.

Did I tell you Kratos KNOWS his bottle of worms? Yup this fellow knows what is treat container looks like. Did you ever see a fish get super excited over a container of fish treats? This fish sure loves his bloodworms.

As this tale is about to end, I want to say that I enjoy watching my fish do his thing since I brought him home. I learned so much about him and his species that I want to get another Betta to observe and compare. Who knows maybe a cute female would be fun to watch swim around. And no I won't breed them. I don't have the setup for that kinda of a thing.

It's not that I am bored or weird watching my fish all the time, I guess it doesn't help much when you take Biology and other science classes in school. I just have this thing to sit and observe things. Making note on every detail I see.

So tell me, what did you learn about your fish when you watch him do this thing?
Memphis is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-08-2012, 11:18 PM
New Member
Hatchet's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 27
This was great to read, I hope my betta does as well. I'm still trying to determine what's normal behavior for mine, I haven't had him very long. He doesn't seem very aggressive or the least bit fearful of anything. I've been fishing bits out of his tank and he just floats in one spot and watches my arm.
Hatchet is offline  
post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-10-2012, 01:22 AM
Wolfboy51's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 354
my female is a very light sleeper yet so active lol. while my male is a heavy sleeper and isn't as active as her, i love how they all have different personalities. the 1 thing that gets my male very active is getting him to chase an erasable marker lol.

My bettas
Female VT: Ruby (boy oh boy she gives me trouble)
Male CT: Lazuli (fussy eater)
Male HMPK: lucky (The name says it all)

My bettas under the rainbow Bridge
Male CT: Etzio ( the cool cat) my first betta.
Wolfboy51 is offline  
post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-10-2012, 03:14 AM
DormDrax's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: St. Louis, MO
Posts: 714
Having Sotto (second betta ever) really opened my eyes since he is the exact opposite of Drax (rip).

Sotto is a little energy bomb but is amazingly calm and sociable with the community fish. (where as Drax would always stalk and try to kill the tetras now and again, but due to his blind eye... Was never successful)

So so Sotto is just so different, it just proved to me the idea of each betta being different.

Janus: Double Tail
5 Neo Tetras Larry, Curly, Mary, Tyler, and Moore
R.I.P. SOTTO: Medium CT Teal
R.I.P. Drax: Marble Male VT
DormDrax is offline  
post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-10-2012, 03:26 AM
freemike's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Hickory, NC (USA)
Posts: 448
My boys know when it's food time also as I keep the food across the room. I can walk into the room with all three on the bottom of their tanks. In this situation if I go to the desk they all just stay calm and watch me. Now if I go to the other side of the room they all bolt to the top of their respective tanks lol. The bad part about this is when I have to check their water in their cycling tanks. They seem so disappointed when I don't come back with food lol.
freemike is offline  
post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-11-2012, 10:18 PM
New Member
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 97
I have a bunch of bettas, many i've only had a short time, but they are already showing different personalities and it's amazing! But while they all have a place in my heart, I'm partial to Keller, who also earned the spot by my bed, so I can watch him all the time. And he's adorable, so sweet. I wake up each morning to him "sleeping" in his floating log with his head out watching me. He zooms around dancing constantly when I'm in the room. He does this wiggle wiggle wiggle dance. He eats from my fingers, and he is so curious! Whenever I have to put my hands in his water he swims thru my fingers checking everything out. I have to move slowly so I don't hurt him b/c he's in the way. He plays chase. He's quite a jumper. I could drone on and on... What can I say? I madly adore him.

Last edited by cp6445; 03-11-2012 at 10:19 PM. Reason: typo
cp6445 is offline  
post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-14-2012, 02:35 PM
New Member
bananafish's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: PNW
Posts: 128
My new boy, Ivan (or Fish Stick, as I call him), breaks his spine when he goes up for air. He gets horizontal near the top of the water, then arches his back, thrusting his face above water. No idea why he does this. I thought he was struggling for air at first, but he looks great, has a voracious appetite (though he still hasn't figured out the thawed brine shrimp I've been trying to feed him ), his color is vivid, he swims around all the time... he's just weird, I guess.

He also likes to hide in his plant, with just his little tail sticking out, which is bright red. Not exactly an expert hider, haha.
bananafish is offline  
post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-14-2012, 07:21 PM
New Member
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 6
Hehe What a cute thread.
Bubbles and his tankmates are our alternative to television.
We added 2 bristlenoses and 10 neons to his tank over a week ago and he seemed very happy with the arrangement (even sleeping wedged between the bristlenoses behind the heater) and following the neons around.
Unforetunately, the neons appeared to have ich and in treating with formalin malachite on pet stores direction of full strength doses we lost the albino bristlenose after the first dose. We've also all but one neon.
Bubbles has been trying to befriend the last neon, but his overtures are not well received. I guess for the neon having a giagantic blue fish staring at you from an inch away every time you turn around could get a little creepy.

Whenever a person ventures near the tank Bubble drops what ever he is doing and follows them instead.

My bristlenose has also been a good souce of entertainment, entering into wrestling matches with pieces broccoli stalk. It gets so frenzied that it ends up on it's back with the broccoli on top, still chomping away. The snail was stupid enough to try to share the same piece with bristlenose and got bitten a few times before retreating into his shell!
While you try to watch bristles antics bubbles swims infront of you and you can almost imagine he's shouting "look at me look at me"

fish are cool
Claire is offline  
post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-15-2012, 07:13 PM
New Member
Ramble's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: west coast - sunny SoCal!
Posts: 241
Bettas are just too much fun to watch!
My little girl (so far, named Little Girl...) loves to follow people around and watch what they're doing. She also loves to chase things in her tank, will get excited when the betta food comes out, and likes to bump into my finger. She's an imp.
Ramble is offline  
post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-15-2012, 07:22 PM
Fin2you's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Alberta Canada
Posts: 158
I hear ya, some people say "it's just a fish" haven't honestly sat & looked in a tank for awhile!!! Fin & 3 of my habrosus cory's play tag with eachother, a 4th is named Scaredy-cat for a reason... Fin will rush over to anyone close to his tank and swim a weave pattern like he's showing off... he knows when it's meal time. & then there's a certain plant that he loves to sleep in but only at the top & when it shifted a last water change my gosh he just about ripped it out trying to get it to stand right so he could weave himself into it!

30gal Planted; Mollys; Dalmations: Sailfin(M), Balloon (F) & Common (F). Sunset Common(F), Julii Corys, Otto Suckermouth Catfish, Hillstream Loach, Leopard Loach, Clown Pleco, Blue Mystery Snail, Tetra's; BlackSkirt, Diamond, Black Phantom, Serapae.10gal Planted; Eeyore (Super Delta Marbled Betta M), hasbrosus Cory, Scissortail & Harlequin Rasbora's, black Neon & neon Tetra's, Otto Suckermouth Catfish. 2gal:group male guppies
Fin2you 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