Hello everyone, my name's Joey, and I just joined this forum. I have a wonderful little red and blue veiltail betta named Sheldon. I've had him for about 8 months, and he lives happily and healthy in a 10 gallon tank that is heated to 78 degress and filtered. He shares it with a school of 5 white cloud minnows that he gets along with fine.
The PROBLEM I have is a new background I got for the tank. It's really pretty, it's a picture of driftwood and plants, and it brings out the color nicely in all of the inhabitants. I put it on the back of the tank behind the glass, and then he started flaring. It IS kinda reflective, but for my old backdrop, a drawing of a lighthouse, he did this as well, but eventually got over it in about 3 days. THIS TIME, however, I've had it up for 6 days, and he still hasn't gotten over it, and TODAY, I came home to see his fins are torn; assuming he bit them because of stress, so I covered the backdrop with three white sheets of paper, including an unanswered page of a history test
. He's not flaring anymore, but I noticed he only flared when the light was on. But I have a live plant in there, so I still do need the light. Plus, the light just makes everything look better. Any ideas on how I can keep the background and have a calm betta?