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Old 12-01-2010, 03:03 AM   #1 
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bettas rest/sleep right?

when I turn out the room light and cover his tank (tuck him in kinda) he gets kinda motionless and it freaks me out so I turn everything back on. Is this his rest mode? also please read my heater question in habitats. thank you
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Old 12-01-2010, 03:44 AM   #2 
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Probably, when I wake up in the AM and turn on Ickis' light to say hello, he is always sleeping in a plant.
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Old 12-01-2010, 05:54 AM   #3 
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Only have had Drax for less than 24 hours and I already agree with ya.

Left the Dorm room for abit and he was on the bottom of the tank... just floatin. Set my Cellphone next to the tank and he FREAKED so he must have been sleeping.
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Old 12-01-2010, 06:50 AM   #4 
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Bettas do rest/sleep when the room is dark or when no one is around. You should allow them some rest to keep them healthy. One rule that I follow is that when I sleep, the fish sleeps too.
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So your saying its a good thing to turn the taNk light off when you go to bed and on when you get up?
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Old 12-01-2010, 08:50 AM   #6 
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Yes. It mimics nature's day and night cycles.
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Old 12-01-2010, 10:04 AM   #7 
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Yep. Just like it's not natural for people to sleep with bright lights on all the time, a betta should also experience day/night.
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Old 12-01-2010, 12:36 PM   #8 
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Fish don't have eye lids so they can't close their eyes-but they do need day and night cycles like most living creatures-they don't have to have total darkness-but tend to do better with lights out for at least 8 hours a night......they should go into a rest/hide mode of sorts and will often hide/rest either in plants, cave or whatever you have provided them to feel secure so nothing eats them at night

Fish have a sensory organ called "Lateral line" and this helps them in darkness to sense their surroundings
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Old 12-01-2010, 04:32 PM   #9 
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Thanks everyone. I have a bad tendency to freak out and then loving "harass" my fish until he moves and then i take a deep breath until the next time....
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So your saying its a good thing to turn the taNk light off when you go to bed and on when you get up?
Yup, either turn the light off or turn to moonlight (a very dim blue light).
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