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Old 09-20-2012, 11:00 PM   #1 
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Setting Off Bettas with Color

So I am sitting by my fish feeding them and all of a sudden my fish starts flaring. At first i thought it was because he saw the other fish, but no. He was flaring at me. Why do fish flare at colors? Now everytime I sit by him wearing dark blue he gets angry.
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Old 09-21-2012, 11:31 AM   #2 
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Very interesting…I have never heard of that. I couldn't tell you why that happened, though. Maybe Google??

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Old 09-21-2012, 11:39 AM   #3 
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...can bettas even see colors?

Though it would make sense. It's like with fancy guppies; they don't go well with bettas since their fins and colors send a betta into attack mode D: But I used to think long finned anything would trigger a betta's attack response
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Old 09-21-2012, 01:46 PM   #4 
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Yes, they do see colour. That's why he got upset, seeing brighter colours, especially moving around, makes him think there's another betta and he must defend his territory.
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Old 09-21-2012, 02:12 PM   #5 
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Yes, they do see colour. That's why he got upset, seeing brighter colours, especially moving around, makes him think there's another betta and he must defend his territory.
Ahaaa....pretty cool. I wonder if a betta can be taught tricks with colors~
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Old 09-21-2012, 02:15 PM   #6 
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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.
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Old 09-21-2012, 06:02 PM   #7 
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I wonder what colors make what bettas go nuts, and why?
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Old 09-21-2012, 06:10 PM   #8 
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haha guess it's a good thing i wear mostly black and white :)
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Old 09-21-2012, 06:17 PM   #9 
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I had a betta that flared at some Christmas earrings I have. They were red. Lol
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:35 PM   #10 
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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.
The dark colour probably mimics the effect of a tank in a dark room. He will see his reflection in the glass :P
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