Originally Posted by Miss Jinkx
A big hello to the forum :) I'm really pleased to have found a forum just for bettas!
My question is "Does a healthy Betta play dead?"
I have a new four month old lad "Blashko" who has been placed into a twin tank next to my more mature boy "Mladen" (yes I give my fish unusual names)... Blashko is incredibly active and happy (or so it seems) and he alternates between swimming happily to hiding behind large leaves, or under his bridge. Mladen is a little less interested in frivolity and he spends most of his time on guard, flaring up at Blashko and watching his every move.
This afternoon my daughter called out to me that my red fish was dead. I raced to the tank to find Blashko doing a very convincing impersonation of a dead fish. He was laying right next to the division in the glass with Mladen staring from the other side. In a split second, after sensing our presence he was up and swimming as per usual. I have caught him doing this a couple of times since.
I would not say that he shows any signs of SBD and he is from a great breeder.
Is there a possibility that he is "playing dead" because Mladen is being so relentless on the other side of the glass?
Pic 1 shows Blashko laying "dead" next to the glass divider.
Healthy fish don't normally "play dead" Test the water or take sample of water to fish store and see if they will test it.
You want zero for ammonia and nitrites and temp between 78 and 80 degrees F.
If the tank isn't filtered,,then twice weekly water changes of 25 to 50 percent using a dechlorinator that detoxifies ammonia and chlorine. PRIME water conditioner is used by many.