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Old 04-18-2013, 08:01 PM   #1 
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Betta Hiding Stress

Today when I got back Rick came out of hiding like usual but his fins were clamped. When he saw me there his fins opened back up as if nothing was wrong. Is this normal behavior for a betta? Its almost as if he is stressed but is trying to hide it from me.
Also do bettas ever vomit? Ive seen him do something that looks like it while eating a few times. Spits out a piece of food and the piece he had just chewed and swallowed.
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Old 04-18-2013, 08:28 PM   #2 
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They don't really vomit per se but they will spit food back up if it is too hard and they want it softer. You can try presoaking the food if it's pellets and then give it to him, that might help.

I've noticed with my betta's that sometimes they just sit there clamped if they can't see me because they really want to play with me. I find this most often in my Plakat Mercury. Should be nothing to worry about unless you find his other fins being clamped and staying that way, or if he becomes less active/does eat/loses color. :)
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Old 04-18-2013, 10:34 PM   #3 
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It was freeze dried mysis, he seems to enjoy that more. Thats a relief tho.
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Old 04-18-2013, 10:49 PM   #4 
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My female clamps her fins sometimes but they open up and get a brighter color she sees me.
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