Discussion in 'Betta Fish' started by howieg, Apr 13, 2010.

  1. howieg

    howiegNew MemberMember

    can any1 tell me I have a betta (Elvis) i've never seen him do this before. he's been flareing his gills out kinda like them lizards. is that normal or not?
    and if not whats wrong? thanks
  2. Meenu

    MeenuFishlore VIPMember

    welcome to FL, howie. Is Elvis looking at his reflection? (It's normal for bettas to flare at other bettas.)
  3. OP

    howiegNew MemberMember

    I guess he can. i've moved him into a new 5 gal. tank 2 weeks ago he was upset for a while but now he's back to his old self, except he's flareing his gills and it only started today. so if thats all it is, i don't have to worry?
  4. Meenu

    MeenuFishlore VIPMember

    Oh, no. We'll always give you more to worry about! ;) (I am just kidding).

    Is the tank cycled?
  5. OP

    howiegNew MemberMember

  6. Meenu

    MeenuFishlore VIPMember

    To me, it seems normal. But I haven't had a betta in 6 or 7 years... wait for more advice. :)
  7. OP

    howiegNew MemberMember

    ok! thank you!
  8. bolivianbaby

    bolivianbabyFishlore LegendMember

    A flaring betta is perfectly normal. That's just their way of letting you know (or the betta they see in the reflection) that the "enemy" needs to get away from their territory. As long as your water parameters are on target, I wouldn't be concerned.
  9. Lucy

    LucyModeratorModerator Member

    Welcome to FishLore!!
    I agree, Elvis is showing off his big bad self. lol
  10. Red1313

    Red1313Fishlore VIPMember

    Welcome to fishlore :p
  11. Tigerfishy

    TigerfishyWell Known MemberMember

    Welcome, it sounds like he's settled in and is claiming his territory from himself lol! Flaring is fine, one of mines seems to think whenever he does it, it triggers a food release! When I open the lid and he sees my hand, he flares, then he gets food. The reason the lid is open in the first place is to feed, he does not realise this!

    Wait till your boy blows a bubble nest, he's all grown up then!!
  12. fishtroy

    fishtroyWell Known MemberMember

    He's just flaring. . . that's their way of showing aggression. He's just letting his reflection, an ornament or anything really know who's boss!
  13. Goldwing_Don

    Goldwing_DonWell Known MemberMember

    Welcome to fishlore!!!!
  14. OP

    howiegNew MemberMember

    thanks every1 im still new with bettas and yes he just started blowing a bubble nest now
  15. Aquagirl1978

    Aquagirl1978Well Known MemberMember

    Bettas are great Im so addicted to them cause they are so gorgeous!!!! Hes absolutely normal, hes showing himself whos boss, lol. I have a female who flares at her reflection in the glass all the time. I didnt know the females flared until recently so it was a surprise to me too!!!!! My male flares at the little Budda statue I have in his tank.
  16. lyndra

    lyndraValued MemberMember

    Welcome to Fishlore!

    Flaring is normal, one of my bettas flares everytime someone walks past his tank...
  17. Tigerfishy

    TigerfishyWell Known MemberMember

    Glad to hear about your nest! It's a great time...