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Old 10-24-2010, 04:32 PM   #1 
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Do bettas need caves?

Do betta fish need caves to sleep in?

This is his tank but now it has a heater in it and a veryy small cave for a ghost shrimp

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Old 10-24-2010, 04:52 PM   #2 
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They need someplace to feel safe and secure-be it a cave or plants-anything will work.
When a fish know that it has some place to hide it will be happier and be less stressed-often it will even help them be more social when they know they have some place to retreat and feel safe.
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Old 10-24-2010, 04:56 PM   #3 
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:) caves are nice little getaways for the bettas! You can get a cheap one by using a coffee mug! But make sure it's clean!
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Old 10-24-2010, 05:10 PM   #4 
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My brother's betta loves his cave... but none of mine do. I give it to them anyway, but I've never seen them go in it. :( I think it would be cute to see them in there, but oh well.
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Old 10-24-2010, 05:27 PM   #5 
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i dont know my betta hasent had one for 6 and half years
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Old 10-24-2010, 06:17 PM   #6 
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They feel safer and happier with places to retreat from the attention or preceived threats. A couple of mine are happier with hidey holes or caves, the other 2 ignore the caves completely and just like to go up into the leaves of the plants. One will actually go to the back corner behind a plant, face away from the room and wiggle himself backwards into a space between the fronds. It has become his little 'cave' even though I can totally see him. I didn't think fish could wiggle backwards, but he sure did!
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Old 10-24-2010, 06:43 PM   #7 
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lol Thats so cute! You should video tape him!!
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Old 10-24-2010, 07:08 PM   #8 
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It makes them feel better for sure :) I bought a Buddha head ruin from Petco, it is hollow and has three holes spread about the ornament. Little Guy likes to sleep in there :)
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Old 10-24-2010, 08:42 PM   #9 
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You don't have to have a cave, but some place for him to hang out in. I have a little bridge for my girl and I'll catch her hanging out under there and even sleeping there too!
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Old 10-24-2010, 08:48 PM   #10 
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you don't need a cave, but I would get at least a nice, bushy plant that he can hide behind. how would you feel if you had weird looking giants staring at you all day?
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