I had to remove Sparkle's filter because he flared at it constantly. For the first month he was okay with the filter.
I noticed that whenever my dark-colored cats walked in front of his tank he would go into full-flare-mode.
Soooo...I did a test. I put a sheet of dark-colored paper in front of his tank.....YIKES!!! .... total flare-out. I then used a sheet of white paper ... no response at all.
And, yes BettaLover223 .... if I have a dark-colored shirt on when I go near his tank to talk to him, he flares at me too.
Since he was okay with the filter at the beginning, I don't believe it has anything to do with seeing his reflection. I think he is just being a silly fishie.
I am in the process of adding more plants to his tank and I am afraid to buy anything that is 'dark' in color....even basic green has me wondering.
We all love our Bettas ... even with their odd behaviors.