How did our Male/Female Bettas Switch Sides in tank??
Does anyone have a theory how in the world our female and male, Sparkle and Twilight, in a divided tank switched sides? We left in the morning and when we came home in the afternoon, they were on the opposite sides of their gate in their tank. These two have unbelievable personalities, "attend" family meetings, and have "conversations" together, etc. But this topped the cake. I could see him jumping into her side, but her getting over to his side- We are baffled. They are about 3 months "old" (or at least that's when we bought them from the store).
First off-are you a MLP: FIM fan? Because if you are, she's my favorite pony
Secondly, animals can be surprisingly adept at squeezing through small spaces, fish included. I wouldn't be surprised if your girl managed to get through what we would see as an impossibly small space to try to get through to the other side. It's happened lots of us at some point Unless someone's pranking you guys! Though I'd try to fortify the barrier more, cause they might hurt each other, and even breeders who have lots of experience with bettas know that there's always the risk that the male will turn on the female, even during the breeding process.
Last edited by quietlythundering; 07-20-2013 at 04:54 PM.
That's also a plausible situation. Truth tends to be stranger than fiction. How big is their tank, and what are you using as a barrier? In those reaally little ones, the kind they tend to sell as "made especially for bettas!" (you know with the plastic wall barrier that can be removed?) I've heard that those can fail, or a really determined fish can jump it. For bigger tanks (5-10 gallon ones), most people like to use craft mesh, and as long as it's properly installed, it's impregnable (for the most part-there's always those determined few who manage to jump!)
Thanks to you both. I think that you must be right. We do have that tank with the gate with slots to see through. We may have filled the water when cleaning tank a tiny bit higher than usual, allowing our male better conditions for jumping over (or seeing that he could). Just a little worried he scared the B'Jesus out of her. Does he like her or does he want to be mean to her? They always seem to be canoodling at the gate, but it just seemed weird to me she could get away (but thank goodness she did). Thanks again for the info.:-
I wouldn't say the boy likes her or wants to be mean to her it's just his natural instincts to breed... If the boy has long fins they could have slowed him down leaving time for the girl to jump the divider... If this happens alot you may want to consider getting seperate tanks for them!
Or perhaps, she jumped first and was aggressive and he jumped to get away. It is possible, my friend's son tried to breed Betta fish a few years back and the female always ended up seriously injuring or killing the male.