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Old 07-17-2009, 07:08 PM   #1 
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My betta is VERY shy... is this odd?

I got a blue/white hm male yesterday and noticed he's extremely timid and shy. He hides behind plants all day, never flares or shows his beautiful fins and gets freaked out when I approach. He turns away when he sees me and is absolutely scared of his reflection when I held a mirror to him. He tried jumping out of the tank and started crashing in to walls when he saw himself... =/

He also just idles near the top of the water. He doesn't have SBD because he swims perfectly fine.. he just chills there... not moving.

I really don't want an anti-social betta :(
Is there something wrong with him?

I have two other bettas right now that were spunky from the start. I just now took a picture of him and he got FREAKED out by the camera and spazzed out... running in to walls ;_;


Him facing away from me towards my wall


Him getting freaked out, running to the other side and idling on top again... =/
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Old 07-17-2009, 07:40 PM   #2 
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He'll probably be like that until he gets used to his new home. Give him some time, then start worrying.
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Old 07-17-2009, 09:00 PM   #3 
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I agree with Vikki. He's just getting used to his new home and will probably act that way until he gets used to everything. Mine were that way for a few days until they realized where the food was coming from. lol
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Old 07-17-2009, 09:29 PM   #4 
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Yep, I think it's all normal. He needs to get used to his home, lights, sounds, you. After he realizes you are okay and you feed him, he'll definitely perk up! :)
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Old 07-18-2009, 03:23 AM   #5 
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Bad news. He was face down in the middle of a plant. When I touched the plant, he sunk lower.. Unmoving. By now I faced the fact that he was dead so I got the net. When I got him in the net, he began moving again, but just barely. I'm pretty sure he's going back to the store tm :(
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Old 07-18-2009, 08:24 AM   #6 
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hes not flaring because it not another mzle and since he shy try to put a female in the tank
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Old 07-18-2009, 08:58 AM   #7 
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Do you have a heater in the tank? Cause he looks perfectly fine, although his belly looks a little big... O_o'' Compared to a previous picture I saw of him in your "New Betta :D" thread, he defiantly looks more bloated. Perhaps he's constipated? If not, maybe look up other fish sickness that associate with bloating, or if anyone else might have an idea...

Btw, those plants look like they might do some damage to betta fins D: I had those and they majorly ripped up my betta's fins.

D: He's a beautiful betta, don't let him go to waste ):
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I would most definitely NOT recommend putting a female in the tank with him!
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Old 07-18-2009, 09:21 AM   #9 
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That is a beautiful blue fish!
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Old 07-18-2009, 12:45 PM   #10 
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Thanks for the advice guys! I have one of those sticky thermometers on the outside of my tank and it says the water temp is 81F without the heater. My room is constantly stifling in the summer. I had to unplug the heater in my other two tanks as well :P I had those plants in my other betta tank and no damage was done =/ Thanks for the advice about the plants though, I'll get rounder leafed plants today ^^
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