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Old 12-09-2012, 07:49 PM   #1 
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Flaring

I decided it was time to give my piggy a little exercise. So i grabbed a mirror and held it up. I did this for about 10 minutes, and nothing happened. I tried a couple days later, and still nothing. Then I tried a couple days later AGAIN, but still nothing. When I first got him, he would flare at ANYTHING! But now he wont flare at all. I am just wondering...is this normal? Do you have any bettas that wont flare?
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:57 PM   #2 
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Oh sure. I have several boys that completely ignore the mirror, could care less about the thing. One is even scared to death of it(granted, he'd jump out of the tank if he saw his own shadow I'm sure, but still....)!

Also, generally when you bring a betta home they're pretty young and spunky and excited, but after some time they settle in, get used to things, get a little older, and become a little more mellow......though it also largely has to do with personality; some are more mellow then others, and some are more feisty and aggressive then others.

So long as your guy is active, healthy, and eating normally then thats fairly normal. ;) Its just how he is.
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:22 PM   #3 
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2 out of my 5 don't flare.
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:28 PM   #4 
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Thank you! I got him one of those floating hollow logs for him to get some exercise in and he's pretty interested. Algthough I not sure chilling out inside it is called exercise, LOL.
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Old 12-10-2012, 04:45 AM   #5 
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Fred doesn't flare anymore :( he has settled in and will not flare at anything. I've seen him do it when he first got home. He did it a bunch--at least once a day and very interested at my hair. he would follow my finger. Used to blow bubble nests too. :(
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Old 12-10-2012, 04:53 AM   #6 
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I want my next betta to be a super aggressive feisty flarer. Hopefully a dumbo HMPK with lots of even branching and finnage and the 180 caudal spread. pretty hmpk :3 male.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:37 AM   #7 
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It all depends on their 'personality' - I have a male that I have only ever seen flare once.. just ignores a neighboring male who flares at him. Yet, have a 3yr old male that still flares at any fish that comes near him, and sometimes even at me.

He may just not react to a mirror, but I would still try from time to time as it is good exercise :)
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:31 AM   #8 
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My girl, Jasper, is really feisty and bites my fingers, but she's never flared.
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