Hi, I got my betta fish 2 days ago.
He found his reflection on the sides of the tank pretty quickly and will NOT STOP flaring. At first I just left him alone to see if he would give it a rest but on the 2nd day he was still in the same spot, going crazy, and so I moved the tank and fiddled with the lighting. He found a new spot to fight his reflection and seems pretty stubborn about it. I'm scared he's going to run himself ragged!
Can bettas die from this? Is it stressful for him to be seeing his reflection constantly? Will he give up eventually or will it cause him to become ill? I've read A LOT of conflicting info... some sites say that flaring up stresses the fish out while other sites say it's healthy. Anyone have any input??
I have him in a 5 gallon, heated, filtered tank with tons of live plants. The tank itself has been cycling for a while and there's lots of other stuff in there to distract him... I thought maybe the plants would break up the reflection a bit, but he actually just swims right through them to get straight to the 'rival' betta.... below are two pictures of him glaring at his invisible evil twin, and the 3rd picture is of his tank.
His name is bluebeard :D
Any advice or input will be appreciated. Thanks!