Today was water change day. I woke up to find FredFish had root pruned
all my watersprite for me, grrrrr. Not a single plant had roots. I noticed him nosing those plants when I put them in yesterday but could not catch him actually nipping them. I also noticed he spent alot of time around the back of the bowl where the Java roots are. I turned the bowl on it's lazy susan to see what he was up to. Again could not catch him actually nipping. I removed the little colony of watersprite into the 5g I am cycling.
Another oddity which may be due to it being a bowl and not straight sides. FredFish really needed to be provoked before he would flare at the mirror. I did the mirror test to observe behavior; checking for all the normal betta behavior. It seems FredFish is difficult to provoke. However, he is pretty sensitive to ambient sound, if I cough or sneeze, he startles. I may have to rename him "berdache".
Anyone have similar experiences?