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Old 12-31-2011, 05:14 PM   #1 
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My betta is trying to swim like a dolphin

So my betta likes to swim around the outsides of him tank almost pressed right up against the wall (it's a five gallon bowl). But what he has started doing is clamping his ventral fins to his sides instead of letting them hang down and trying to swim by pumping his tail up and down like a dolphin or whale.
At first I thought maybe his tail was too heavy because it sometimes looked like he would try and swim down but his tail would weigh him down.
Now I've realized that he doesn't always do it, sometimes he just flexes his body in an up and down motion instead of side to side (almost like he is testing out whether or not being a dolphin would be fun).
Has anybody ever had a betta who thought it was a dolphin?
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Old 12-31-2011, 06:23 PM   #2 
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I dont know anything about this topic, I just wanted to say your avatar picture is AMAZING!!!!!
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Old 12-31-2011, 09:18 PM   #3 
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Yes, my betta, Eclipse, did that all the time... Then he got a little too brave and jumped out of his tank... so make sure your tank has a proper lid...
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Old 12-31-2011, 11:55 PM   #4 
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Thanks pinkcupid765, I thought my betta was having an identity crisis :P
And thanks MissFutureVet, it's a cross between a veil tail betta and an hourglass dolphin. It was done on an iPad app called sketchbook pro. I figured it really fit the theme of the forum :)
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Old 01-01-2012, 01:47 AM   #5 
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My Bettas only look like Dolphins when they have Swim Bladder Issues O_o
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Old 01-01-2012, 11:08 AM   #6 
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Oh no! Pitluvs, were they swimming constantly like dolphins or switching between dolphin and swimming normally?
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