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Betta fish questions

Ok, so I don't know anything about bettas but my DH bought the kids 2 bettas and a tank that has a divider to keep them separated. The divider has tiny holes so the water can flow back and forth to each side and it doesn't quite go all the way to the sides so the fish can see each other. They can't fit through the little gaps on the sides but they can see each other and are always trying to chase each other off and flaring their fins at each other.

Is this ok? Or is it unhealthy for them to constantly be trying to fight each other through the divider?

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:50 PM on May. 11, 2011 in Pets

Answers (14)
  • As long as they can't get at each other I suppose, maybe I'm mean, but I think it's entertaining to watch...not actual fighting, but watch them get all riled up.

    Answer by yesmaam at 3:52 PM on May. 11, 2011

  • It's fine. They will eventually give it a rest. It's new to them. I used to have tons of them and we always had them close together like that. They do that when they see a female too. But don't put them together either! She'll eat him! lol

    Answer by Musicmom80 at 3:52 PM on May. 11, 2011

  • Oh yeah, hehe I used to think it was cool to put a mirror up to them as well, to see them puff up. lol

    Answer by Musicmom80 at 3:53 PM on May. 11, 2011

  • They're a fighting fish! They should be fine, it's just they're nature!


    Answer by anichols1 at 3:53 PM on May. 11, 2011

  • She'll eat him lol OMG I just busted out laughing, not sure why it was so funny, I guess just one of those days! Thanks musicmom :)

    Answer by yesmaam at 3:55 PM on May. 11, 2011

  • I may be a softy, but I would think if they were constantly feeling like they needed to fight, wouldn't that stress the fish out?

    Answer by sneakyboo at 4:02 PM on May. 11, 2011

  • they'll get used to each other sooner of later and it gives them something to do

    Answer by Threes_for_me at 4:07 PM on May. 11, 2011

  • lol it's true. Unless he is squeezing the eggs out of her for breeding, you have to keep them separate, becuase she'll go after him.

    Answer by Musicmom80 at 4:12 PM on May. 11, 2011

  • the dbl tank should have came with a blue slider to keep them from stressing over trying to fight each other.

    Answer by kkbird at 4:35 PM on May. 11, 2011

  • I don't ever plan to try to put them together. They are both male, at least that's what it said on the containers they came in, so I don't need to worry about a female eating a male unless we get one later on.

    I'm a softy too. I worry that they'll get too tired and die or something trying to chase each other all day.

    Yes, the divider is blue and keeps them separated, but they can still see each other.

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 5:41 PM on May. 11, 2011

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