Hey everyone! I'm new to the forum so I'm not sure if this is the appropriate place to talk about this but I figured it's general talk for betta fish and what not.
I have an Instagram account and follow a few people who have beautiful betta fish on there. Well, I came across a profile of someone claiming to a betta fish expert of 5+ years or something like that and I've been having to correct them as well as a few other people on numerous occassions. This person didn't understand what a stressed out betta fish looks like (stress stripes and such). They have also been posting pictures of their divided tank with two male bettas on each side of the divider and saying things along the line of "WOW I'VE NEVER SEEN THEM BE THIS ACTIVE BEFORE!!". One of the pictures clearly shows one of the males flaring at the other one and this person claims this to be "good exercise" for betta fish to see each other and flare at one another. He also claims that it's untrue that betta fish can die due to stress.
I honestly have to disagree with this so called "exercise" idea. Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe there are mixed feelings about this. But I guess what I'm asking is...isn't having two aggressive male bettas seperated by a divider that they can still see each other through a bit of a problem? Wouldn't one or both of them stress out?
I'm really starting to question this "5+ year betta fish expert". Then again. It's the internet. Anyone can claim anything.