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Old 04-14-2009, 06:52 PM   #1 
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Betta just won't flare

HI all,

My new copper marble betta, Crumb, just refuses to flare. Not at the mirror, not at my other betta, not at me. He once gave me a half flare when I pointed at him, but quickly let it go and has avoided the topic altogether since then. The breeder said he was flaring in his viewing tank (before i picked him out) but once i got him home, he became totally docile. He's super friendly with me but nothing I do will get him to flare. It's definitely a male. Any ideas?
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Old 04-14-2009, 07:42 PM   #2 
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once his light on his tank (if he has one) has been off for a long time, and he is asleep turn it back on. he will prly be grumpy.... why do you want him to flare?
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Old 04-14-2009, 08:43 PM   #3 
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Mine hardly ever flare. Its nothing to be concerned about.
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Old 04-14-2009, 09:26 PM   #4 
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The older a male gets sometimes the less they seem interested in flaring and the more docile they become,
This is what I have found in some of my older male betta's.

Perhaps he's getting old??
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Old 04-14-2009, 09:35 PM   #5 
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Nope definitely not old. He's only 6 months. :) I wanted him to flare because i heard it's good exercise for them and gives them pretty good self esteem when they get to do it from time to time (because they can easily scare off a mirror image...). I've also heard it's good to ease constipation. He doesn't have that problem, but just in case... I don't want him flaring all the time. Mostly, I just wanted to see his fins at full mast but I haven't even seen it once, so I was just curious.
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Old 04-15-2009, 12:01 PM   #6 
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Tian-Tian had the same issue when I first brought him home. He went through some intense recuperation after enduring a major ich/fungal infestation and he never flared once. I didn't know if I had somehow damaged him in the healing process...

Thankfully, he healed nicely and began to make LARGE bubble nests and defending his "territory" from my tablet pen and blue M&Ms after about a month. He would look terribly adorable and not at all intimidating when he flared.

How long have you had Crumb and has he been making bubble nests, or was he sick recently or transferred to a new tank?
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Old 04-15-2009, 05:01 PM   #7 
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I've had him for 2 weeks. He's very healthy. and i just saw him flare at bluey!!! For the first time. He doesn't really puff out his gills, but I did see the telltale butt wiggle. Bluey was flaring at him and he started strutting! But as soon as I went over there, he came down to say hi and quit. Oh well.

I love it: blue M&Ms. Did you try other colors?
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Old 04-15-2009, 06:38 PM   #8 
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6 months is still fairly young, hes probably just developing hie inctincts, since he was repressed for so long in a smaller container. I think that maybe he'd be good in a community tank, since he's on the docile side.
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Old 04-16-2009, 07:23 PM   #9 
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I love it: blue M&Ms. Did you try other colors?

Haha, yes, I did! He only seemed to care about the blue ones. It's strange.

Just give him some time to develop and mature. That's all I can suggest.
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Old 04-16-2009, 10:48 PM   #10 
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he might be good in a community tank, true. but.. i have no room. :P so he'll be in a loner tank. or maybe i can find a super docile female and breed a whole new race of super docile bettas that all love each other. can you imagine a whole tank of beautiful males???? :)
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