My fish seems to always be in a half flare, but he's perfectly healthy. He eats like a champ and is very active. Could there be a certain color that is setting him off?
okay good. yeah he's a red halfmoon, he's kind of a butthead at times haha. But he's an awesome fishIt might just be his personality. I have a very healthy betta I've had for about two years who has been in a state of flaring for most of the time since I got him. I think some of them just like to flare.
Okay good that had me worried. So he's just being agressive/territorial?My betta is a very aggressive one (no tankmates, he doesn't like my finger, etc) and flares all the time at everything. Seriously, he takes very few breaks. But he eats well, is extremely active, healthy by all visible parameters, etc. He's just a crabby guy.
Given that he shows no signs of stress beyond natural aggressive tendencies I don't sweat it, and my advice to you is to do the same. If nothing else is wrong, it's just his personality and isn't causing harm
i put it on him last night and uncovered him this morning and he was fineNo. Prolonged periods of darkness might, but a little bit of dark can have a calming effect. For instance, if you ever have to travel with the betta, keeping them in the dark during transit can help keep them calm.
he sounds really cute. Mine can be kind of a jerk at timesMy buddy Antione does the same thing. he hardly ever fully flares and ive yet to see him go so far as to puff out his gills, but hes constantly, half flared. He's having some problems with fin curling :/ but other than that hes completely normal its kinda cute when he swims, he pushes all his fins back to help him move and the second he stops he whips them back out in the half flare thing haha funny to watch