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Old 07-22-2013, 08:32 AM   #1 
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My Betta Became Quite the Chicken.

So Lychee, now is a year old, for those who remember him and such, has grown into this big purple/pink man-fish.
About recently, I'd say 2 weeks ago or more, I noticed how "scared" he has been getting. He constantly hides when I come up to his tank, and though he DOES eat, I have to be careful not to show my hands or barely move when dropping his food in, or he goes and hides. He also just seems worn out by it all and sits under his bridge hiding a lot. I'm wondering if he's freaking out over something I'm just not seeing, like a light movement, or a reflection in the tank.
I'm kinda at a loss here trying to figure out if there's a way I can try and "un-scare" him and hope he perks up to his once self.
Any tips?
Any experience in something similar?
Is this something with age?
I need to clean his tank today too...like BADLY, and I'm a bit afraid I'll make him scared even more moving things around, or even moving him into another tank.
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:51 AM   #2 
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Never mind, I think I figured it out.
I think he's hating the lighting. I'm thinking there's too many reflections showing up within the tank walls and it's freaking him out. Maybe he's not as brave as he once was with the reflections...

Should I cut out the lights all together, or maybe look for much dimmer ones?
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Hiding

Turn the lite out for several hours and see if he responds by not hiding when you put your hands over him or other things he seem to be afraid of.
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:04 PM   #4 
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Oh crap, well I THOUGHT I figured it out, but after today's results he's back into hiding all over again, even with lights off. I can't help but worry there's something bigger being the problem. I'll check him up again after work tonight and see if he's acting better.
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