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Old 05-23-2011, 04:36 PM   #11 
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Difference between dead & alive:

Alive- Bettas are floating and aren't moving their eyes or not moving at all.

Dead- Bettas are at the bottom of the tank all tangled up with bubbles covering their body. When you tap the glass once, they don't move.
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Old 05-23-2011, 04:44 PM   #12 
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well.. after cracking his little head on the tank lid, Elvis was at the bottom for a bit.. and if a fish could cross his eyes, his definitely were crossed. but he was swimming about, albeit like a drunken sailor.. i'll check on him as soon as i get home from work (mentally forcing the clock to hurry up ).
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Old 05-23-2011, 05:04 PM   #13 
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Yes, they sleep! Smaug has a certain spot he always goes to sleep. Sometimes he worries me when he does it, but I am getting more used to it happening. He takes a little bit to wake up too, but I try not to disturb him because I worry he will spazz. I hope that your boy is alright!
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Old 05-24-2011, 09:00 AM   #14 
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lol he's fine! i came home yesterday and there he was, doing his little Elvis wriggle! i took care this morning when i saw him snoozing at the bottom not to startle him again, and when i walked by five minutes later he was wide awake. weird little critter..
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Old 05-24-2011, 09:16 AM   #15 
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I just caught mine sleeping xD!

Then I got near and his eye moved at me, I jumped lol, then he ran to my side and kept flaring me, I think he didn't like me waking him up XDDDDD
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Old 05-24-2011, 09:23 AM   #16 
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Bettas do sleep..It's adorable and sometimes scary...haha
My sisters fish who I am taking care of..he likes to sleep sideways on the bottom..It always freaks me out...
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Old 05-24-2011, 09:31 AM   #17 
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i remember reading somewhere that bettas are one of the more intelligent of the piscine species. how much do you want to bet they do this on purpose?
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Old 05-24-2011, 09:34 AM   #18 
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well I never made a research but I remember once they told me most fishes sleep like half of their brain while letting the other active for swimming and stuff, then they just swap brains then it gets a full rest, specially dolphins and such.

Buuuuuuuuuuuuut I never cared to look about it, so idk :P
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Old 05-24-2011, 10:11 AM   #19 
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Elvis found a new favorite hiding place.. i discovered these tiny sherry glasses in storage a few months ago and thought they'd look cute as decorations in my tanks (2 in each). lately i've noticed Elvis nesting in one. i was worried for a bit that he'd not know the way out, but he shows me how clever he is by swimming in and out as if to say "look at what i found!"

i almost shot cereal bits out of my nose when i read this!
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Old 05-24-2011, 10:38 AM   #20 
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Bettas do sleep. They always look awake because their eyelids are clear.

I have one female betta who is housed alone (too agressive for a sorority), and she has a favorite plant and snuggles up behind it on the tank bottom to sleep.

In the sorority, I have floating fake plants on the top. Interestingly enough, they like to 'crawl' through it by day (fish jungle gym), and at night they curl up in the floating plant to sleep... it's like a hammock to them! I've also seen some of the girls curl up next to each other to sleep.

Bettas are full of surprises! :)
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