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Old 09-10-2011, 10:56 AM   #1 
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Bubbles and flaring

I recently bought a crown tail betta, had him for a bout a week and I am seeing lots of bubbles at the surface of the tank edges and "Red" is flaring alot! There are no mirrors for him to see himself he's in a 2.5 gallon tank, alone. He eats healthy and likes to sit in the plants but he's been darting around and flaring alot....can someone give me some insight on this????
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Old 09-10-2011, 11:05 AM   #2 
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Bubbles on the surface are normal, because bettas breathe air. ^-^

Is there a light on top of the tank?
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Old 09-10-2011, 12:11 PM   #3 
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Yes there is a light and a filter...
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Old 09-10-2011, 01:12 PM   #4 
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he sees his reflection in the tank thats why he flares a lot...give it a week or 2 and he will get use to it and realize its his own reflection not another betta...mine did that for 2 weeks... mine darts around the tank as well but i think thats cuz his happy.. you got a pic of him?? i have a CT myself
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Darting is not good. They shouldn't do that too much.

Too much flaring is stressful and seeing another male (or their reflection) can lead to tail biting. (like my guy, when I had a see through divider)

Turn off the light on top. That should stop, because if its darker in the room than the tank, he will see his reflection.
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why is darting a bad thing?? hummmm....
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I have a few pics but haven't had a chance to post any yet, It's really neat to see him flare up but the bubble nests have gone down to a minimum, thanks for the info!
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Old 09-12-2011, 03:35 PM   #8 
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Exclamation

I turn the light off at night and he stays in one of the plants. But I have a light on in the room as well, also I am having issues with amonia level, I've changed out the water and added conditioner to the new water but shortly after I did that the ammonia level went back to "stress" or "danger" level. I have test strips. I'm not sure what else I can do.
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Old 09-12-2011, 03:39 PM   #9 
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I am also curious as to why darting is a bad thing, and what is the difference between darting and just an active fish???
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Old 09-12-2011, 04:07 PM   #10 
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I don't understand that either, I did some research online and it said it was normal for a male to do that, especially if he's flaring, and my husband talke to a pet store associate, they said that "red" was making bubble nests and flaring because he wants to mate, that eased my tension as to why my fish was acting weird but he seems alright to me.....???
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