As lonely as your betta fish may look, that is not the case. Your betta fish may look lonely roaming about by itself in its tank, but it just may want to be alone. As elegant and beautiful as these tropical fish are, they are extremely aggressive and territorial.
Wild male betta fish tend to stick to their own territories and lead solitary lives. When they come across their own kind, they will most likely attack each other on sight. For this reason, it is a good idea to keep your male betta fish separate. They should not be placed in the same tank.
Despite the fact betta fish have been bred for generations now, they still display this hostile and territorial behavior, at times, even towards other species.
So, how can you know what your betta fish actually wants? You can determine this by analyzing their wild habitat, care needs, habits, and behaviors.
To learn more about betta fish in regards to loneliness and their territorial behavior, read on.
Are Betta Fish Easily Bored?
Your betta fish may not be bored the way you think them to be. If you meet your betta fish’s needs and requirements, they will have less to worry about. You need to understand your betta fish does not need a hobby, nor does it need to worry about its place in its world.
Your fish may look bored, but in reality, it might be stressed out. Here is how you can tell:
· When a betta fish swims up and down their aquarium, referred to as glass surfing.
· Excessive hiding. Betta fish only hide in order to feel secure.
· Lack of swimming could be a real problem.
There are a couple of reasons why your betta fish could be bored, like when they are under direct sunlight, or when the water conditions are poor. Odd behaviors are not a cause for concern, but if there is a pattern, then there is something definitely wrong.
If you are extremely concerned about your betta fish’s boredom, then you can use exercise mirrors for them to be more active. However, don’t let them be around these mirrors for long. If you want, you could even try playing with your betta fish, but do not do anything that will upset or stress them out.
Can Betta Fish Tolerate, Other Fish?
Betta fish can tolerate other fish; in fact, they can live with other fish if the conditions are right. If you want to give it a try, here are a couple of things you need to keep in mind:
· Ensure there are plenty of hiding spots
· The current should be gentle
· The tankmates should not be aggressive
· The tank should be no smaller than 10 gallons
· The tankmates should not resemble betta fish
If things do not go according to plan, it would be a good idea to have an extra bowl or small tank.
If it was not obvious enough, there is a lot more to betta fish than meets the eye. But at least with the information provided above, you should now have a better idea about betta fish, and how to take care of them in the long run.