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Old 04-02-2014, 07:40 AM   #1 
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Trying to escape or just active?

My boyfriends betta fish Tobias, was last week moved from his 1 gallon bowl to a 5 gallon tank (Fluval Spec V). He has gotten a lot more active, started flaring, continued with his bubble nest and I think his find have gotten bigger or something (they just look better).
He darts around and then he stays calm for some time next to his bubbles. He's also next to the glass walls a lot kinda swimming towards it and my boyfriend is convinced that he's doing this because he's a selfish fish who wants to escape and wants more space and isn't happy with what he has. My guppies swim a lot against the glass wall and they seem happy (so does the betta) so is this a bad thing? Swimming against the glass wall (facing us)?

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Old 04-02-2014, 08:06 AM   #2 
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Not necessarily, he could be just exploring his new home and figuring out where his boundaries are. If he was trying to escape, he'd be trying to jump out of his tank.
That being said, sometimes rubbing against objects and glass is an indication of an external illness or parasite. Keep an eye on his behavior, and how he looks. If he's just exploring, he will stop after a while without any change in how he looks or acts. If it's an illness, it will get worse, and he will start to show physical signs.
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Old 04-02-2014, 08:10 AM   #3 
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They call that behavior "glass surfing", and it's quite normal. He's just playing, or begging for attention/food, or testing his territory's limits. Some betta/fish will do it any time a person is near. As sainthogan said, if he was trying to escape, he would jump out of the water.
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Old 04-03-2014, 12:12 AM   #4 
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You have a happy, healthy Betta who is behaving exactly as he should
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Old 04-03-2014, 02:44 PM   #5 
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Good on you guys for getting him a bigger space! :)
That behavior seems perfectly normal, most fish will "glass-surf" like that, especially when you come up to the tank. If they are doing it repeatedly all day without stopping, it can point to boredom or stress, but it doesn't sound like yours is doing that. So no worries! He seems like a happy boy.
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Old 04-03-2014, 06:45 PM   #6 
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Can you tell me how the Fluval tank working for your betta? It sure is beautiful.

I had myself convinced I was going to buy the biorb 4 gallon; then I started looking. I looked at the Fluval 5 gallon and still am not to sure. I found an Aquaeon Evolve 4 gallon which is just like my 8 gallon that I am very happy with, but I love the look of the Fluval.
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