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Old 10-23-2012, 11:12 PM   #1
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Betta Question: Flaring/Territory Patrolling behaviors?


How long after presenting a mirror (for only ten seconds or so; just long enough for him to see it) does your betta usually flare and patrol? I feel like Pearlicus does so excessively. He patrols and flares for a bit over three or four minutes, and then he dosen't let his fins go all the way to rest for almost seven to ten minutes. I do it mostly to check how his fins are healing up, but today I noticed some more damage to his top and bottom fins (forgive my lack of fish terminology), and I wonder if the flaring is hurting him...? His tail is healing/growing back from some nipping he did to himself a few weeks ago, but I'm concerned about the new things I'm seeing.
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Old 10-24-2012, 02:17 AM   #2
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if he is a tail biter, then that is what his fin damage is from not flaring. but some people think that over and/or under stimulation can cause tail biting. so if you have him flare often, maybe try not doing it for a while and see if he stops biting.

as for how long they stay on guard, it seems to vary a lot based on the individual and the age.
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Old 10-24-2012, 03:13 AM   #3
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My red veiltail Larry will keep his fins extended and flare off and on for a good ten minutes after the mirror/other betta is out of view at least before he goes off and does something else.

My purple/blue/red mottled veilail Walter gets bored and stops flaring really quickly even if the mirror or other fish is still visible. When I lift the barrier and let the two fish see each other (adjacent tanks), Walter will completely ignore Larry after about twenty seconds and then go about his business while Larry goes nuts trying to get to him. Like I said he'll stay excited for a very long time even after Walter is out of view.

Both fish are about a year old.

It's true that flaring will destroy fins if it's excessive. Larry is so overzealous he recently (I think this is how it happened) shook off half his tail while flaring and it's just starting to regrow.
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Okay, thanks for the input, guys I guess I'll just have to keep a close eye on him. I'll put a hold on flaring him for maybe a week (I only ever did it MAX once a day anyway), so we'll see how that goes.
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:03 AM   #5
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The new guy was flaring at his reflection in the glass for the first 2 days when he wasn't sleeping.

Thank goodness he's calmed down.

He now only flares at the feeding wand and the pellets right before he eats them.

He loves chasing things down to the substrate!

He made his first bubble nest yesterday!!!!!!
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Old 10-24-2012, 01:26 PM   #6
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Aww! Yay bubble nests! Pearlicus has been nesting again, after almost three weeks of nothing. I was glad to discover one this morning; I'm going to feel bad more or less destroying it with the water change this afternoon D:
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