I've found that when bettas are constantly flaring at things whether it be their reflection, another fish, or they're in view of another betta, they will eventually stop flaring. Though this doesn't mean they will stop being aggressive.
And to answer your question, yes. It's okay. My fish are constantly flaring, but have No effect on their health. It actually helps a bloated betta to pass their poop.
Originally Posted by Alcemistnv
I've seen that too much flaring is when thhe betta gets stressed out.
However, if the betta does bouts of flaring with no ill effect afterwards, is that okay?
Somehow Buddha is seeing his own reflection and I don't know whats causing it. But he doesn't seem to be ill affected from it.
I have a 10gal tank, divided into 3. My Betta's flare, every so often. They are now used to each other but still tend to flare. I heard a few minutes every day is actually healthy for them. I also have another Betta by himself who sees his reflection all the time. They arent sick or anything.
Just a note, I had my tank divided with a CLEAR divider, and both bettas stopped flaring after a while, but Josh began tail biting. I replaced it with a black mesh and he stopped soon after. Even though they don't SEEM to have any effects, they may began displaying different behavior. It all comes down to the individual fish.
some bettas leave their fins flared out in good living conditions.
I remember when I first got buddha he was always clamped up.
Now he swims with his fins out a lot more, and I'm happy. I wasn't aware until I came back on here about a month ago that he was clamped up.
Yes..I think its every fishys different personality..Sammy flarez with such enthusiasm..its normal for him..he dont need a mirror..lol..but as long as there are no ill effects..I hear its great excersize..andthey get used to flaring to show thier exitement to see yu ..or at feeding time!!