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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-03-2019, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
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Aggressive Betta?

So my boyfriend and i went to the lfs today to check the health/pricing of honey gouramis for a community tank i wanna start soon when im house bound after surgery. Of course while there i looked at the bettas and surprisingly a plain pink crowntail stole my heart. I typically dont like crowntails much and lean towards blue/multicoloured bettas. He was just flaring away staring at me. My current betta NEVER flares. He lives peacefully in his 5.5g with 2 nerite snails and 3 ghost shrimp and isnt bothered when the shrimp hit his with their feelers hes just a chill dude. Im very tempted to go back for the pink betta tomorrow and put him in my cycled 2.6g that i was going to use for blue velvet shrimp when i worked up the courage to buy them knowing they might die. My question though is since hes so flare happy if i upgraded him to his own 5.5g in the future will he be aggressive towards tank mates? I dont mind leaving him on his own but id probably keep him in the smaller tank if that was the case. Will he be happy in a 2.6 long term? I feel kinda guilty at the thought of it...theres a reason that tank is empty atm :/ decisions decisions
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Hi,

I would caution you to ask a few questions before buying him.

The reason I say this, is that back before Xmas I saw an unbelievably stunning betta (vanilla icecream colour, with a neon blue edge to his fins) in my local fish store.
He was flaring constantly, and looked stressed.

I wanted him soooo much.

The sales asst was happy to talk about him.
Turned out he was the only one in the whole delivery who hadn’t settled. He flared constantly and didn’t eat.
He wasn’t on sale and wouldn’t be, until he had eaten and calmed down.

I went back a few days later (I REALLY wanted him), to be told ‘he hadn’t made it’.

So I’m just suggesting that you weigh things carefully. He may settle nicely in your tank, away from the stresses of the fish store. Or alternatively, the constant flaring may be a symptom of behavioural issues or illness.
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Hi,

I would caution you to ask a few questions before buying him.

The reason I say this, is that back before Xmas I saw an unbelievably stunning betta (vanilla icecream colour, with a neon blue edge to his fins) in my local fish store.
He was flaring constantly, and looked stressed.

I wanted him soooo much.

The sales asst was happy to talk about him.
Turned out he was the only one in the whole delivery who hadn’t settled. He flared constantly and didn’t eat.
He wasn’t on sale and wouldn’t be, until he had eaten and calmed down.

I went back a few days later (I REALLY wanted him), to be told ‘he hadn’t made it’.

So I’m just suggesting that you weigh things carefully. He may settle nicely in your tank, away from the stresses of the fish store. Or alternatively, the constant flaring may be a symptom of behavioural issues or illness.
Thank you for the story im sorry to hear about the other fish. I happened to go on the second day of a week long sale and the store was very busy kids everywhere harassing the fish so its possible that added to his stress but maybe it is something similar to what you experienced. Unfortunately i cant talk really as the surgery is for a tumor under my larynx and my boyfriend isnt chatty with strangers its such a hassle getting him to talk for me. I'll have to see if hes still super stressed tomorrow and go from there
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You can never tell if a Betta will be good with tank mates until you try them. I have had placid, calm Betta who did better living as bachelors. I have had ones that constantly flared or "patrolled" who did great with others.

When I bought pet store Betta I looked for the most active one and healthy-looking one and this included the ones who did a lot of flaring. If they weren't eating at the pet store I didn't worry as that is such a common happenstance for fish in a new environment.

Keep in mind a lot of Betta flare almost constantly or at the touch of a button in a new environment....whether it be in cups or once we get them home. As they get older and accustomed to their environment they slow down.

As to tank size? IME, a 2.6 is fine for a single Betta.
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