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Old 11-27-2011, 04:16 AM   #1 
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How long do betta fish sleep?

How long do they sleep does anyone know? Is it bad for them to get less or more?
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Old 11-27-2011, 07:35 PM   #2 
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From what I've read, fish don't really "sleep" like we do. I think they just go into a state of rest but with their eyes open to be on the lookout for predators. They probably just rest for short periods of time but I really don't know.
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Old 11-27-2011, 07:47 PM   #3 
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Bettas don't 'sleep' in a sense. They do lie dormant and rest, if that what you mean. All fish do this. More or less. Sharks, for example, have to keep swimming to live, so they do it a different way.

But technically yes, they do rest or sleep. They don't stay active all day, thats for sure. My Ryu is so lazy... He likes to sleep in late!
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Old 11-27-2011, 09:17 PM   #4 
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For all I know they "sleep" all night LOL
I know my females are always asleep when I wake up in the morning and turn on the light. It will take them a few seconds to realize lights are on and I'm moving about.
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Old 11-28-2011, 01:29 PM   #5 
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Julep "sleeps" in his dinosaur skull, so I never see much out of him. Kaida likes to bury herself and "sleep" or rest in highly unusual places.

It's Fandango that I have gotten to see this.. He likes to lay on the bottom or on a broad leaf of the Melon Sword. He's very easy to spot so I can watch quiety. I think they "sleep" for very brief periods (not 8 hours at a time like us!!) and will go into the state, come out for a bit to check out their surroundings, then go back in again. At least that's what Fandango does.

Like Vil's sorority, he doesn't instantly "awake". I'll turn on the light, sit there a minute, and lightly tap the glass (basically just touching my finger to the glass) and in a minute or two he'll come around. Instantly he'll gulp some air then be right on over!
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Old 11-28-2011, 01:55 PM   #6 
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I think they "sleep" for very brief periods (not 8 hours at a time like us!!) and will go into the state, come out for a bit to check out their surroundings, then go back in again. At least that's what Fandango does.
That sounds similar to what Rosso does when he is tired. He'll usually swim into the top part of his temple, lays dormant for a little bit, swims out, then comes back around to the temple to rest a little longer. He has been known to rest in other odd places in the aquarium.
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Old 11-28-2011, 02:58 PM   #7 
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That sounds similar to what Rosso does when he is tired. He'll usually swim into the top part of his temple, lays dormant for a little bit, swims out, then comes back around to the temple to rest a little longer. He has been known to rest in other odd places in the aquarium.
So maybe that's how they "sleep"?
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Old 07-28-2012, 10:31 AM   #8 
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They sit still and rest for a while either floating somewhere or up top resting in the corner. I don't know if they actually sleep for like 12 hours. But if you stay too late and at like at midnight, and still turn on the lights, it would not feel very natural for the fish and then you wake up early in the morning, with the lights turned on. Not to worry though, they always love to rest during the daylight too. I have been worried about this too...
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Old 07-28-2012, 05:44 PM   #9 
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Mine goes to a three different places to rest. Inside a plant, on a specific spot on the bottom or above the flat area of the oxygen producer (currently decommissioned due to current building)

I can verify that when there is absolutely no darkness he will be sleeping/inactive for long hours, though i cant figure out how they breath without going on their little trips.
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