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That is a great article, very informative....Thanks fishead

I found the bit about placing things outside the tank very interesting...I think some bettas see bright coloured objects as being a rival male and will often investigate. I often wonder what fish can actually see through the glass.

When I had a betta, I did put a marble in his tank (like the article mentioned) and he actually did push it around, I didn't have gravel in his tank so it was pretty easy for him to push. It was very funny to watch actually.

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I love the ping pong ball idea too, and actually never thought of rearranging the tank as a good thing. I wonder if that would apply to other fish as well?

Beta (named by by wife) is clearly very inquisitive. I still have several pond snails in the tank (I'm picking them out as they become available at the top) and the other day I put a few pellets in for Beta, and one was against the glass. There were three snails, and then the pellet, each about a half inch or so apart. He went to each snail, inspected it, and moved on as if deciding whether or not it was food. When he got to the pellet it was like "a ha, here's the food!" and chomp it went.
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Very good article indeed.

I set up my 2.5 qt tank right next to the 20g. My betta patrols both sides of the tank. On the left side he blows bubbles on the right it seems as though he watches the fish in the 20g tank. He will charge to the right side sometimes flaring, so I'm guessing he can see the fish in the 20g. He is sooo cute!
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What a great articel about Beta. My Beta is in a over crowded tank and it seems that his cave has been taken over by the other fish in the community tank. I always feed him seperatly from the other fish and he knows where his feeding station is. The last couple of days he has been very droopy and staying at the top of the tank. I just held a mirror up to him for a couple of minutes and he pirked up. He is just about a year old and my LFS said that they only live for a year. Is this right? I also have a 1 gal tank that I could put him in if it would make him happier to be on his own. I just want to do right by him.
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Sandy, i think your LFS might be wrong about them only living one year. i found this site that says they live 2-3 years.

http://freshaquarium.about.com/cs/anabantids2/p/betta.htm

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I also have heard that they can live as long a several years. The biggest misconception about Bettas is that they will live in small unheated bowls and such. Bettas are tropical fish and require temperatures of 75 to 80*F constantly along with the type care you give all tropical fish. Most difficulties and shortened life spans of Bettas are because they are cruelly exposed to cold.........................
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My betta is a female so she doesn't flare as much as a normal male betta would. However she is always preoccupied by her tank mates in the 10 gallon. She makes sure that the cory's clean up her garbage! I really like the ping-pong ball idea and would take it up if i found a ball. A very good article.

And since my 10 gallon is near my computer when i put on some relaxing music i think that also makes her intrested outside of her tank. She's always very happy when i sit by her near the tank, intrested at what i'm exactly doing.
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I have been paying more attention to him in the last day and he seems to be a lot happier. I hold up a mirror and he flares. I thought that that practice was mean so I didn't do it in the past. I guess we all love a challenge and the right to fight for our place in the community. Thanks everyone. Hopefully Pretty Boy will stay in the community for a couple of more years.
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In a way it is mean if it is done too often that is. Flaring means that he is angry and because they are solitary and territorial fish, when he sees his reflection or anything else that may resemble a male betta, he perceives it as a threat and this causes him to become momentarily stressed.
 


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