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?