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Old 10-13-2011, 01:27 PM   #21 
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Its a 5 gallon with silk plants, gravel and everything. Even a house.
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Old 10-13-2011, 01:29 PM   #22 
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That's what they do.... it's perfectly natural. It's good exercise for them. Imagine yourself not moving much, never exercising, just do nothing ...... it's not healthy.

If your guy is a tail bitter, I'd suggest not to flare him - not until much later. Flaring will make him tail bite.
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Old 10-13-2011, 01:29 PM   #23 
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Well, maybe he doesn't like it, then. That's fine; they all have their own personalities. But you shouldn't go on here saying that it's bad for every single fish, because it's not.
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Old 10-13-2011, 01:29 PM   #24 
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flaring is very healthy for them. as i stated, it improves blood flow to their fins, and DOES brighten them up. the betta in my avatar is a good example of how it helps them color up. he was dull grey, pretty ugly. then, i started showing him, himself in a CD(the mirror side), and he'd flare and dart about, showing off. he builds HUGE bubble nests now, and is almost black with blue shine to him.
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Old 10-13-2011, 01:31 PM   #25 
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Yeah my Voldemort does what you say Fieldz... the panicked heavy breathing. So he's definitely a loner-non-flare betta :) although he flares at random things anyways >< I know my one betta looks like he strains himself to flare, while another looks mostly frisky and happy flaring >< So yes, depends on the betta, and amount of flaring... :)

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Old 10-13-2011, 01:33 PM   #26 
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bettas dart around when they flare. they swim away, then come back. they're trying to scare the other betta away. the heavy breathing is just their reaction to exercise. don't YOU breath heavy after a hard work out?
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Old 10-13-2011, 01:34 PM   #27 
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lol. I think my Voldemort is just anewbie though xD all my other bettas have the deep slow breathing methods, and wiggling showing off...aaand he has the hard fast breathing like OH MY GOSH feeling xDD
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Old 10-13-2011, 01:40 PM   #28 
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Cup used to be like that. frantic darting about. he'd even ram the side of the tank if it was another betta and not his reflection. it's all just how much they show off. some flare a little, some flare alot. some just wiggle, some go crazy. it's all in their personalities.
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Old 10-13-2011, 01:42 PM   #29 
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haha yeah x.x Spartan does the ramming... he's divided in a 10 gallon with plants and stuff with Voldemort. I was surprised because Voldemort can't even make it sway even an itty bitty bit since it is well... half buried lol. And then guess Spartan turned around, slammed into it and shook it LOL. Voldemort isn't as much of a butt :)
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Old 10-13-2011, 02:49 PM   #30 
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I had a discussion with Linda Olson about this. personally I've never card my fish and Linda was telling me by visually seperating them you cut off their social interaction. believe it or not bettas are very social. bettas often become "depressed" when removed from their siblings or fry. bettas use body language as a way of communicating.
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