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Old 12-18-2010, 10:17 PM   #1 
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Talking Ants are torturing my Betta!

I noticed Velvet was swimming in circles with his nose pressed onto the bottom. I was freaked out and thought he got hurt somehow or something, but it turns out that there were ants under his tank.

You see, the house we moved into had a big ant problem. It has been subdued by us, but it's still there. I had put a bowl of water next to the tank earlier to hold his plants while I did a water change, and I never put it away. Because he's in a kritter keeper, which has a raised bottom on tiny legs, there was a gap. So, 4 ants were running around under velvets tank and he ws trying to get them! I killed the ants of course.

Another cute thing! Today I just got some java fern and Anarchis and I'm floating it and my Bettas are both sleeping in the plants! Velvet was sleeping in java fern, but I can't see what Neon was sleeping in. These Bettas do the funniest things sometimes!
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Old 12-19-2010, 10:06 AM   #2 
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I might have been inclined to leave them there- at least he wasn't getting bored! Maybe half squash one now and then and give it to him as a reward? Only thing is some ants are high in formic acid...
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Oh good idea! Well if any ants ever come again Velvet gets his torturous play time. It is kinda cute to watch, too, with his little tail sticking up. Wish I had thought of it like that yesterday /=
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