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Old 09-23-2007, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Rochester Hills, MI
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Bettas actually prefer to be alone... they'll kill any males in the tank (of any breed, I believe), and would probably mate too much with a female. You should see how he puffs his cheeks at his reflection in the mirror!
Well, yah, that has always been 'the thing' the gimmick that would sell them in the pet store; right there on the counter, alone in that tiny, small, boring bowl, with a mirror to excite his gills to flare up, not his cheeks, its the gills, to make him appear bigger and more formidable to other males. However, it stresses them out. It seems cute to us, but its very stressful to a Betta. They are lovely, in nature, they hang out in still pools of non moving water. I always have liked the Cichlids family of tropicals, though, like the red or tiger oscars, the Jack Dempsey's, Firemouths, ... they have such personality. Also they learn to eat live feeders, and come right up to greet you, like dogs. Live for a long time too.
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Old 09-23-2007, 06:17 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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My son wants 1 so this is an interesting thread.
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Old 09-24-2007, 09:00 AM
 
Location: In the Redwoods
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Well, yah, that has always been 'the thing' the gimmick that would sell them in the pet store; right there on the counter, alone in that tiny, small, boring bowl, with a mirror to excite his gills to flare up, not his cheeks, its the gills, to make him appear bigger and more formidable to other males. However, it stresses them out. It seems cute to us, but its very stressful to a Betta. They are lovely, in nature, they hang out in still pools of non moving water. I always have liked the Cichlids family of tropicals, though, like the red or tiger oscars, the Jack Dempsey's, Firemouths, ... they have such personality. Also they learn to eat live feeders, and come right up to greet you, like dogs. Live for a long time too.
Actually, I never heard that at a pet store - I heard it on these boards. I've only done it a few times, so don't worry, I'm not torturing him with it! But if you say it's stressful for them, I'll take your advice and stop that activity. Oh, and it had nothing to do with why I bought a Betta... I just wanted a pretty fish, particularly one that could live alone in a smaller tank. It was either a Betta or a Goldfish, and I figured the latter was a bit more interesting!

P.S. I know it's actually their gills being puffed, but I called them "cheeks" to be silly... sorry about that.
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Old 09-24-2007, 09:04 AM
 
Location: In the Redwoods
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Any fish? What do they do in the wild?
As "Heleenie" said, they live in small puddles of water... so I guess other fish can't invade their space too easily.
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Old 12-30-2011, 08:42 AM
 
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My male betta Is so sweet! He plays hide and seek with me I have a ten gallon tank and i have a male and female in it. They get along to well lol, mabe they are too happy idk. the male has never flared at me, Only when they are competing for my attention does he ever flare at the girl betta lol. other then that they are both active and fine with sharing the tank.

I am worried that the filter is keeping him from making a bubble nest. Is it possible to mate these two if they wont chase eachother?
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