Hello! I'd like to ask about betta behaviour. John McClane is our first betta... so, we're not 100% familiar with all the types of behaviours a betta can exhibit.
He's been with us since 1st November this year, and initially he had problems eating the NLS pellets. Everyone told me not to give up, and I was glad for the support!!! He's now obsessed with them, lol, which is great. Now that he's eating properly, he seems to have *tonnes* of energy... I'm not sure if there's such a thing as "too much" energy for a betta?
Basically, he spends a few minutes every couple hours attacking the tank walls. No flaring - it's different to his behaviour when he *truly* sees his reflection and flares and puffs himself right up. But this attacking the walls thing... it's like he gets up too much speed and can't stop?
He'll smack himself into the gravel now and then, seemingly by accident. I assumed he was seeing his reflection in the glass somehow, but, yeah, it seems to me to be different behaviour to proper "flaring."
It's not like he does it 24/7, he just seems to go back to it every now and then. Usually in one or two key spots, which makes me still think it's reflections/refractions? I've tried various things with the lighting and tried taping paper over the spots he goes nuts at, but it doesn't really seem to be helping.
I was concerned at first it might have been "scratching" behaviour, as it does look like he's flashing like, SUPER aggressively, and I've been making sure to carefully check his body for the past 20 days we've had him, and nothing so far...
I monitor him to see if he seems stressed, but I'm not sure if he really is? He never goes into hiding, never stripes up and loves to explore (he has a large ceramic hide, floating plants, water wisteria clump in the back, a tiger lotus with lots of leaves, three java ferns on wood, a stack of IALs to shoot through, etc.) and I feel like I am currently giving him enough to feel safe in... would you agree?
He always comes to the front of the tank wiggling now he's learned who gives him the food, haha, and he doesn't shy away from me, my huge fat face making kissy-kissy at him through the glass (lol) and never has a problem with PWCs or anything like that... he's not clamped and is eating and pooping fine... tank params are 0/0/10-20 (tap water is 10, hard to tell what is truly "20" on the API kit but it never has any hint of red in it so I assume it stays under 20). Temp is 79/80.
I worry about him a lot
*Should* I be worried about him? Or is it likely he's just naturally like this??
Thank you for reading. I guess I'm just looking for experienced keepers relaying their own experiences with different fish!