Originally Posted by PitGurl
Well I put my pair together and they're totally freaked out about being in a new tank
. They were stressing about the bare bottom so I put some black paper under the tank so they can't see through it. I've seen the male chase the female a couple of times but they're mostly just sitting on the bottom. I'm hoping they will chill out as the day goes on and get to business.
This is how my smaragdina reacted to a bare bottom tank too. I think they're just freaked out by how different the surface is compared to sand and rock. Keeping the water as dark with IAL as possible has helped a lot, and they seem to be getting used to the tank. I am still planning to move them to a larger NPT once I have it ready for them, but they stress so easily that I'm not going to do that until their new tank has flourishing plants providing full cover. I know that's not necessarily an option for you, I don't care how many fry I get or anything and I keep my pair together full time. I guess I'd just suggest the blackwater and plenty of nooks and crannies for them to hide in when they don't have to look at the bottom of the tank
Big balls of moss help too, my female likes to hang out in the middle of them. Other than that, time to adjust is important too. Personality-wise my smaragdina seem way less happy about change, new things, and people moving around than my other wilds
I know I shouldn't pick favorites, but the albimarginata stole the show this morning. One of the males opened his big mouth all the way, it was adorable. It was either the world's biggest yawn or his version of a roar XD I've seen this behavior in some Youtube videos, and it could be part of him establishing that he's in charge and comfy in his new home. I'm not sure how aggressive or territorial albis really get, they definitely seem to be on the extremely peaceful end of the betta behavior spectrum. They don't even playfully nip at each other.