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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 :)
 

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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 :)
Okay good that had me worried. So he's just being agressive/territorial?
 

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If he ever flares too much, cover his tank with a thick blanket to calm him down.
 

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No. 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. :)
 

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My 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
 

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My 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
he sounds really cute. Mine can be kind of a jerk at times
 
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