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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-02-2019, 08:31 PM Thread Starter
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Question Hello! I am a new member and have a question...

I am looking forward to making friends here, and I hope to learn more about the Beautiful Betta fish. I have three very young Betta males I got about six weeks ago. Captain Dragon Star (he is also a Columbian) Saphire Moon (a Half Moon) and M.G. Peacock (a Mustard Gas).

They all have their own 3-gallon, bare-bottom, aquariums with plants (Anubius Nana, Hornwort, and Anacharis). There is no filter so they have 100% water changes every day. The water temperature, pH, and other water parameters are the same as the old water. I use SeaChem Neutral Regulator with a pH buffer (SeaChem's Discus Buffer) to keep the pH at 6.8. There is no heater in the tank, but the fish room has a heater to keep the temperature above 72 degrees, usually 77 degrees.

My question is about M.G. Peacock...
M.G. is almost constantly trying to swim past the confines of his aquarium, looking desperate to swim further.
He is kept under the same conditions as my other two Bettas. Any ideas as to why? Will he calm down?
Thank you for any input on the matter!
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Not sure why, but thats normal behavior.
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Hi, what your describing sounds like glass surfing and it happens a lot especially with new fish. You could try to provide him more plant cover in his tank but for the most part, he'll probably stop doing it on his own. It could take weeks or months, he'll stop when he feels comfortable.

Also, if you're doing 100% water changes, I assume you're taking the fish out the tank. If they all have their own 3 gallon tanks, it really is unnecessary. I have a bare bottom tank and it's so easy to clean you could change out your water while leaving them a few inches in which to swim (if you use a siphon) while you refill. It's less stress on them.
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Thank you Veloran! I do appreciate your help on this matter as it is a new experience for me.


I actually let the fish swim into the net on their own and then I gently transfer them to their original 1/2 gallon "aquariums" because I don't like to pour water into the aquarium while they are in it as they are so small and fragile. I believe they already know the routine because they really do swim into the net for transfer! "I have such smart fish," said the proud momma!
But seriously, I really love my babies, and I am glad to know that it is nothing to worry about. I do appreciate that you let me know!
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Welcome to the forum! Have you tried a hideout cave to see if that might change his behavior? Or consider placing a large Indian Almond Leaf floating at the surface or place it at the bottom in a way the betta can swim under? Just some ideas.

My betta glass surfaces too and he's in a 5 gallon. I got him in November. He settled down quite a lot once I put a big 'ol IAL and bunches of java fern.
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Two of mine 'glass surf'.

One of them really does it. And as soon as I planted enough plants around the walls of the tank to make him feel sheltered, he has almost stopped it. Now he spends more time swimming in, under and through the plants, and investigating.

The other one just swims up and down making FEED ME faces, so I don't think he is glass surfing at all, he just thinks that if I am there, I should be feeding him. Haha! Since the tank is on my work desk, he thinks I should be feeding him A LOT. He never does it when I am not sitting at my desk.
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70litre tank: mature setup; betta, purple rasboras, male guppies, amano and wood shrimp. Heavily planted.
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Until I got my 5.5 fully planted Ben would glass surf. Now he does some times, but mostly he's swimming in and out of the plants. He is like bluesamphire's Desk betta The more I sit at my desk the more Ben stays up front and does circles and flips saying feed me. Ben is a pig. (but a lovable one)
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Thank you Veloran! I do appreciate your help on this matter as it is a new experience for me.


I actually let the fish swim into the net on their own and then I gently transfer them to their original 1/2 gallon "aquariums" because I don't like to pour water into the aquarium while they are in it as they are so small and fragile. I believe they already know the routine because they really do swim into the net for transfer! "I have such smart fish," said the proud momma!
But seriously, I really love my babies, and I am glad to know that it is nothing to worry about. I do appreciate that you let me know!
Glad they're net trained. Here's something to consider.
When I do water changes with mine, they're usually a little nervous at the start but as we go along they get very comfortable.
I use a tupperware lid to help with water changes. I put the lid at the surface of the water and pour the water onto it to add water to the tank. I've noticed that mine will come and hang out under the lid and wait for me to pour water in to start playing in the current. I had one where I had to tilt the lid a little and be a little rough because he liked to ride the current to the other side of the tank before swimming back to the lid to wait for me to pour in another mug of water.

During water changes, I've had mine go from fearful to curious to playful. My current one is going back to nonchalant as he doesn't even care about the water changes anymore.
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That sounds like you and your babies are having fun! Thanks for the ideas!
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Hello Orchid X! Thanks for the welcome! Sorry that it took so long to get back to you!
I have now put lots of Hornwort in the tank and M.G. Peacock has settled down.
I had an Annubius Nana in the tank, but the Hornwort seems to have done the trick! It is enough for him to swim through, over, and under it and he seems to feel safe now. Thanks again!
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