Betta Fish Care  
Go Back   Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care > Betta Fish Care
Check out the eBook Betta Fish Care Made Easy
betta fish
View Poll Results: Flaring?
It's good exercise. 17 44.74%
It's too stressful. 0 0%
It depends. 14 36.84%
I don't know. 7 18.42%
Voters: 38. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-26-2010, 10:19 PM   #1 
LMac54
New Member
 
LMac54's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Question Flaring: good exercise or just stressful?

I keep hearing conflicting opinions, particularly on this forum as well as other Betta care web pages.

What do you think?

Is flaring good exercise for your betta?

Or is it just stressing them out in a negative way?

Does it depend on the situation?
(putting a mirror in their tank, reflective tank, seeing other males through divider, etc)

Vote in the poll and say your opinion here.
LMac54 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2010, 10:25 PM   #2 
Maryrox247
Member
 
Maryrox247's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Henderson, Nevada
I put it depends because if your having them flare 24/7 it becomes stressfull BUT if its for 5-10 mins at a time yes it is great excercise! People just need to make sure that the bettas cannot make any direct contact which can result in a fight which leads to the death of one or more of the bettas.
Maryrox247 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2010, 02:23 PM   #3 
Adastra
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Northern Virginia
It's a natural behavior, but if you overdo it, it can be harmful to the fish. Having a mirror in the tank all the time, or using the "flare buddy" method (leaving two males next to each other all the time without proper cover) is too stressful--after all, wouldn't we be a bit stressed out and more likely to become ill if there was an aggressive, homicidal person perched outside our homes all the time?

As long as it isn't done to excess, flaring is a healthy natural behavior. I wouldn't intentionally "flare" a betta for more than a few minutes a day.
Adastra is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2010, 09:43 PM   #4 
BettiBetta
New Member
 
BettiBetta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
I voted that it is good exercise because I think it's second nature for bettas to flare. Heck every time they see me they flare :) I think they flare when they are excited...kinda like a dog wagging their tail? Anyway it seems that way to me. LOL!
BettiBetta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2010, 09:44 PM   #5 
BettiBetta
New Member
 
BettiBetta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
And now I see we need a tie breaker! ;)
BettiBetta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2010, 05:18 AM   #6 
Phether
New Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
I agree completely with Maryrox :] I personally use the mirror method for about 2-3 minutes and let use this opportunity to take pictures sometimes
Phether is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2010, 02:01 AM   #7 
jmtriro01
New Member
 
jmtriro01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Philippines
i just tried this mirror method to see if my Jake will react, and yes, he saw himself and flared a lot. it was fun to watch him flare at himself. however, im worried that it might stress him out so i removed the mirror after a few minutes. but as i have read from the previous posts, i think it is a good exercise for them, but it should be done for only a few minutes...
jmtriro01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2010, 08:13 AM   #8 
newfiedragon
Member
 
newfiedragon's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: The Rock (Newfoundland...not Alcatraz) :D
I put it depends because if it's a controlled flaring, such as using a mirror for a few minutes, then it's good exercise, but if it's constant flaring, such as a fish seeing itself reflected in the walls of it's tank and constantly flaring at itself, then it's not. My fish flares at it's walls and it's been driving me nuts because it's been ripping it's fins, either from flaring too much or getting stressed and biting it's tail, I'm not sure which. I have no clue how to remedy the situation.
newfiedragon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2010, 08:39 AM   #9 
FloridaBettas239
Member
 
FloridaBettas239's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: The Gun Shine State
Controlled flaring is a good thing especially when it comes to halfmoons i was talking to bettysplendens and she told me that flaring a halfmoon is a must she said that if you just put him in a gallon tank or whatever and never flare him he never gets to strech his fins or his ray's the branches in his caudal fin never get streched out like they should and he could loose a degree or two in his tail making him a super delta you can go to her site there is so much info or email her
FloridaBettas239 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Stressful water changes ScuitoAmi150 Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories 5 12-21-2009 05:09 PM
Flaring Zeus Betta Fish Care 7 10-15-2009 09:04 AM
flaring ifish Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories 23 05-17-2009 08:51 PM
Flaring fishyinpa Betta Fish Care 67 03-27-2009 10:31 PM
To much flaring? Sushi Betta Fish Care 2 12-31-2007 05:20 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:48 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.