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  1. Glass surfing or seeing reflection?

    Betta Fish Care
    I’m not a super experienced betta owner and yesterday I got a new betta. I have him in a rimless tank and I absolutely cannot tell if he can see his reflection, but he’s darting up and down the side of the glass on one side of his tank. I tried covering it with paper, rotating the tank, dimming...
  2. Selective but excessive flaring

    Betta Fish Care
    Hello everybody I'm writing about my new betta Njord. I got him 2 weeks ago. He wasn't flaring at all since I got him (which is normal I guess since he's pretty young) but yesterday he started flaring for the first time. The only problem is he only flares when he sees me when my parents or...
  3. Is he flaring at himself...?

    Betta Fish Care
    Hi everyone! Wow I'm just realizing how many questions I have been posting on here lol... A few days ago I started a thread because I was concerned about my new betta who was acting lethargic. Well, that was short-lived because he soon became extremely active. (Is it possible for them to be...
  4. Betta Giant blown fin / straight cut remedy

    Betta Fish Care
    Hi, Yesterday I bought a huge real Giant HMPK betta (3" and 3 months old) at the local fish market here in Bangkok. During the same day, I saw that there was a "pin hole" in the middle of the caudal fin. This was there also when I bought him. There were no visual issues with the hole such as...
  5. Bloated belly when stressed?

    Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies
    Roscoe only just started doing this two days ago and it usually happens right after he's flared at his reflection in the tank glass (which is rarely ever). He practically became a Betta beach ball. He swims around okay, is slightly lethargic, continues to be greedy for food and his fins stay...
  6. New tank questions

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    Today I bought my betta, Frankie, a 1gal tank with lid and LED lighting. I'm laying in bed watching him swim and explore some new decor. As I'm laying here, the room is dark so I turned on the LED light. He seems to be flaring and swimming more frantically than usual; is this because he can see...
  7. Is it just him?

    Betta Chat
    Does any one else's Betta just flare at random things? Takumi will be swimming around then all of a sudden stop, flare, then continue on his day. I know he is a little weird but this is a bit weirder than weird in my opinion
  8. My new veiltail betta hasn't flared yet.

    Betta Fish Care
    ]Hey, I got a new red veiltail betta today. He looks and acts perfectly healthy, kinda like a puppy being brought home for the first time. But there is one thing that is bothering me. He hasn't flared at me or anything yet. When I got my crowntail 3 years ago, he was flaring a lot. At food, at...
  9. Please help, my betta keeps flaring :'(

    Betta Fish Care
    I have had my male betta fish (his name is Socks and I love him very much) for over 2 months now, but just 2 days ago, he has started getting aggressive. He has been continuously flaring his gills at all sides of the tank. I have not changed any aspect of his surroundings, the lighting and...
  10. Questions on Flaring

    Betta Fish Care
    I have several questions concerning bettas and flaring that I was hoping those with more experience in fishkeeping could help address. Generally speaking, it wise to encourage your betta to flare? Is flaring healthy for the fish or does it simply cause unnecessary stress? What are your...
  11. Weird things your betta flares at?

    Betta Chat
    All bettas have their own quirks, I'm curious to know yours. Omicron flares whenever I open my laptop on my desk, in front of his tank. He'll flare at it the entire time I have it open, pacing in the front. I'm guessing the dark cover of the laptop makes it possible for him to see his...
  12. help please. newbie here 😔

    Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies
    hi everyone... newbie here. bought two bettas from a fish shop and as told by the seller, it would be alright to place both Crowntail and Roundtail in an aquarium with a divider. so, i did. i am using a Betta Battle Paradise tank. was observing the fishes when i settled them in and they...
  13. Day 2

    Day Two with Walter the Crowntail. Everything is going swimmingly (haha. Get it?) and Walter has become much happier in his new home. The only problem is that he keeps doing this thing with his tail where it kind of...twitches very quickly when he swims. I think it's just how he moves in the...
  14. Suddenly aggressive betta

    Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies
    My betta, Orion, lived perfectly harmoniously with his 4 ghost shrimp-mates for the last 4-5 months. This past week, he hunted them down and ate them all. I haven't made any sudden changes in his tank location or set-up. What could have prompted him to do this? Today, he killed the last shrimp...
  15. Bearded Female

    Betta Chat
    Hello! A couple days ago I bought a tiny little, very healthy CT female from PetCo. She must have just arrived, as she is vibrant, active, and ate on day one. Yay! Out of curiosity, I held up my handheld mirror to see how she would respond. Sure enough, she flared at it and a tiny red beard...
  16. Should i leave him or move him back home?

    Planted Betta Tanks
    i recently moved my betta out of his real home which was a small 8 gallon tank. because of the back ground he kept flaring at his reflection and as a result bit off parts of his fins. whats worse is that the tail biting happened months before but his fins were almost fully healed until recently...
  17. My moss ball!!

    Betta Pictures
    Flaring over his marimo moss ball :)
  18. Is flaring really healthy for every betta??

    Betta Fish Care
    I have read that it is healthy for betta's to flare when a mirror is placed in front of them. I have tried this with both of my boys but Comet seems to have major aggression afterwards. I only flare him for about 5-10 minutes. Like some of you may have read he's always been a tail biter, but...
  19. My Betta Flares at everything.

    Betta Fish Care
    My little merlin seems to have gone through a behavior change, the last time i created a thread it was because he wouldn't flare. He finally did flare, and after that he was still his regular chilled self. And then today randomly while i was playing with him he flared at my finger, i obviously...
  20. Weird lethargy- help!

    Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies
    So it's been less than a week. Almost a week. Since I placed my two boys in together in a divided 10g filled with about 8g of water. I have not done any water changes yet since I planned to do one weekly 50% and one weekly 100%. And it's only been... four, five days? I didn't really get around...