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Sleeping beta?

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Does anyone else have a fish that sleep on the bottom of the tank, on their stomach?
Ive had my beta for a few months and hes in great health and very active during the day. When i turn the lights out at night, he goes to sleep and settles on the bottom to do so. If i turn the lights back on he perks back up again. Does anyone else have a fish like this??

I brought him home for winter break (i live at college) and my mom told me she thought he was dead when she saw him this morning, resting at the bottom. I told her he does that every night and not to worry, hes just sleeping but she said that shes never seen a fish do that before.
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Absolutely. And it's Betta, not Beta like the greek letter ;-)

Betta's sleep anywhere they feel like it, whether it's on the bottom or stuffed in a plant or in a hide. Sometimes they sleep-swim too, just aimlessly swimming around the tank and sometimes bumping into things as they swim. It's all normal. Actually, almost all fish do it.
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Thank you for the reply! He's been doing it ever since I got him so I figured it was normal (atleast for him). But wanted to make sure rather than assume!

I need to turn off autocorrect on my iPad... It changes "betta" to "beta" if I don't go back and fix it!
Yes, Betta fish sleep! It is normal for them to sleep at night, too. You may find him sleeping on the gravel, on a plant, or sort of floating in the water.
Yes Bettas sleep, and they love to sleep in plants.
Here's my girl sleeping, This is why I am big fan of lots of live floating plants.
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