Not a betta fish, but it’s such a beautiful picture of tropical fish I thought I would post it anyways! :)
I’m sure you’ve probably seen your betta “flare” his fins before. That’s when they spread their fins out as big as they can, to try and intimidate other fish. But… did you know that it’s actually good for them?
When they flare up like that, their bodies release natural hormones and chemicals that are good for them, and it actually gives them brighter, bolder coloration. A good way to get them to flare up, is to show them a little mirror. They will see their reflection and think it is another fish, and immediately flare their fins.
While it is an interesting thing to see, and it helps the fish, like most things it should be done in moderation - maybe once a day for a couple of minutes. Excessive flaring can actually lead to tears in the fins, which can lead to other types of infection, such as fin rot and funguses.
This is a gorgeous planted tank from a cool betta fish Tumblr.
Check it out! New Set up!!!
Does your betta look bored? Give them something to do! Betta fish love to play games. Get a ping pong ball (make sure it is clean!) and let it float in your betta tank. They will have a blast pushing it all around the tank. To really have some fun with them, drill a tiny hole in the ping pong ball, and put 2 or 3 betta food pellets in there. They will go nuts trying to get the pellets out!
Plant tall, broad-leaved plants that give your betta fish a little natural hammock to sleep in at night. They still need to go to the surface to get oxygen at night, so it’s good to give them a place to rest that is close to the surface.