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Old 03-19-2012, 09:23 PM   #11 
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I put my finger near his tank and he freaked out. Im thinking i should give him more time before i start trying to play with him correct?
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:29 PM   #12 
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I put my fingers near my betta coles tank and he freaked out so im guessing he needs more time to adjust correct?
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:37 PM   #13 
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I would say so. If mine are new I usually don't bother them until their next water change. They can be skittish in a new home like any animal of any breed or species can.

p.s. My sorority girls have tryed to bite me before. It doesn't hurt at all. It just feels funny. I laughed afterward.
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:39 PM   #14 
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Yeah he probably needs more time to get used to you. Most people say its not a good idea to put your hands in the tank because the oils in your skin will get in the water plus if you use lotion and soap the residue could harm your fish.
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:55 PM   #15 
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Thanks for the info im just really new at this and never ever had a fish before
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:58 PM   #16 
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They don't have teeth, and as far as them being "Fighting fish" goes, if that's the root of your concern, a betta's tail is very delicate, so if a betta bites a betta tail, it might do damage, but that's like you or I biting a chunk out of toilet paper. Betta fins are easy to damage. Your finger is not.
Bettas do have teeth, and very sharp ones. I was hoping I could find a picture of FB a breeder took recently of a betta's mouth.

BUT they won't hurt you. It's like you trying to sink your teeth into the skin of a very large watermelon suspended in the air, it just won't happen!
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:58 PM   #17 
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My males love to bite my finger, but it's in no way painful at all.
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Old 03-20-2012, 02:28 AM   #18 
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Is this the one, Vilmarisv?

They don't have the kind of teeth that we mammals have. They're more like sharp raised bumps in their jaw cartilage. Tough enough to crush snails and copepods and shrimp and insect bodies and hard dry pellets. But not enough to hurt you.

There's a parallel thread about biting going on right now. It's very funny.
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Old 03-20-2012, 11:49 AM   #19 
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Great picture!! Excellent detail.....though I don't see any teeth....I've owned bettas for years....and my current betta has an exquiste mosaic pattern of black and blue on his head and back....I'm trying to capture on film....any tips?
As for bites....go to Discovery Channel :)
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Old 03-20-2012, 03:38 PM   #20 
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Thanks

Thanks for your help! I plan on making a website about bettas since i think they are very cool fish!
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