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Old 06-27-2013, 11:39 PM   #1 
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Betta is digging

My betta spends half his time with his nose in his rocks! It's like he's burrowing himself down, but of course that never happens. He just seems to be nose down, digging most of the time! What the heck is happening?!
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:40 PM   #2 
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It might be that he's exploring, some can be weird, or he's, for lack of a better word, hunting. There might be food down there like detritus worms or fallen food, I have also heard of bettas stashing their food for later.

Just a couple ideas.
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It might be that he's exploring, some can be weird, or he's, for lack of a better word, hunting. There might be food down there like detritus worms or fallen food, I have also heard of bettas stashing their food for later.

Just a couple ideas.
That's interesting! Although, I just cleaned his rocks and the whole tank today so I know there isn't any left over food, but maybe he doesn't know that! Thank you for the ideas!
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Old 06-28-2013, 12:39 AM   #4 
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My baby betta likes to investigate his gravel. He doesn't dig but he kinda studies a few pieces before moving on. He's very inquisitive.
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Old 06-28-2013, 07:19 AM   #5 
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Some Bettas have been known to dig to find places to hide. Many owners have freaked out because they couldn't find their Betta, only to realize it had buried itself.
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Old 06-28-2013, 07:54 AM   #6 
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Some Bettas have been known to dig to find places to hide. Many owners have freaked out because they couldn't find their Betta, only to realize it had buried itself.
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Old 06-28-2013, 11:34 AM   #7 
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I noticed mine picking at the rocks on his fasting day. I figured he was hunting some food to eat. He has become a very efficient begger in the short week I have had him.
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Old 06-28-2013, 01:44 PM   #8 
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I don't know if it's normal or not but mine used to always do that when I first got him. He stopped after a month or so though.
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Old 06-30-2013, 03:34 AM   #9 
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Some Bettas have been known to dig to find places to hide. Many owners have freaked out because they couldn't find their Betta, only to realize it had buried itself.
I used to have one that did that all the time. I would wake up in the morning and freak out when I didn't see my boy followed by a frantic removal of all his decor only to see him swim out from under the rocks nonchalantly as though saying, "what are you doing?" Oh, that troublemaker....
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Old 06-30-2013, 09:26 AM   #10 
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my betta does that ALL the time lol at first I freaked out cause I thought he'd hurt himself doing it. if your betta is like mine he's probably looking for food. thats what mine does (he's even doing it now) he goes and put his face in the rocks then I see him nibbling on whatever he found (probably small pieces of food that might of sank when he was eating. he tends to spit out his pellets when he eats them to help break the food down so pieces it fly around so they must sink somewhere and he finds it) he has a bad habit of coming up taking his pellets and spitting them onto the gravel where he'll eat it. for some reason he prefers to hunt for his food at the bottom lol sometimes I wonder if he thinks he's another species of fish. he does come up for his food though I don't want him getting into the habit of thinking its going to be on the ground. he also digs a lot more on fasting days cause he can't seem to go a day without eating and will find anything to eat when pellets aren't an option
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