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Old 11-16-2012, 09:21 AM   #11 
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My male bettas don't like my finger at all. Fishie actually gets startled by it usually, and Shiny will back up and swim in the other direction. On the other hand, my female will follow my finger on the outside of the tank, and will bite it if I put it in the tank. hehe.
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:51 AM   #12 
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Hey everyone, I got my Betta about a month ago, he's living in a 1L Tank, with a filter, nothing else, he's got a couple of plastic plants too, I want to get him more but I just can't afford it.

I honestly don't think he's happy :(
He made a bubble nest (I think?)
See the picture.
But if I try and play games with him or try and move my finger around and get him to follow it he just moves back and swims away, I don't know what I'm doing wrong.
You should upgrade him to a 1.5gal at least imo (think half a bottle of cola that's 2L/2=1L). And get a heater (a must for tropical fish). Maybe a live plant and he'll be happy!!
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:01 PM   #13 
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My betta follows my finger sometimes, even if I put it near the water. But when my girlfriend does it, he follows it all day lol. She don't even feed him with her fingers (She scared he's going to bite her lol). I was like man, he don't like me! Lol.

But you should definitely get a heater for that fella. He will blow more bubble nest cause he's going to be happy and loving you!
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:23 PM   #14 
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Bettas don't make nest because they're happy. They will make them once they're mature enough and as a mark of territory (if you notice sometimes they will just blow bubbles around the edge of the tank walls). I've seen bettas at petco/smart making nests in yellowish water with clamped fins in those ridiculous cups. An active betta with flowing tail/fins that eats like a pig is a sign of health and happiness. Oh and the intensity of their colors can give you clues on stess/depression you could even look for the stress stripe.
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:37 PM   #15 
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What about if he doesn't flare up? I held up a mirror to him to see if he'd flare, and he wouldn't :(
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:49 PM   #16 
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He's most likely depressed with his living conditions. Remeber 1.5gal or more, 76-80* temp, clean treated water, and healthy diet. NLS pellets or Omega1 betta pellets/flakes which ever your betta prefers most likely the pellets
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:58 PM   #17 
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Some bettas are calmer than others. My previous betta flared only once in his lifetime.
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:01 PM   #18 
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I have one that flares at me every time I walk near his tank, and another who never ever flares at me at all. Some are just more laid back than others. But I do agree that you should meet his basic needs as stated above.
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:55 PM   #19 
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agreed ^ some are just docile and gentle
You should be worried if he dosent seem to get excited when he sees you or when its feeding time.
So forget about flaring and nests and put your efforts towards meeting the criteria I stated before.
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