View Full Version : Jumping Bettas

03-07-2006, 08:52 PM
This is borrowed from guppy breeders who do not want their male guppies' caudals
(tails) to touch the bottom of the tank causing fin and tail rot when the
lights are all turned off as these fish in darkness sleep on the
bottom of the tank!!!!

Now to the point:

From experience ┬*I have discovered :
Sounds in Total Darkness startle them and frighten
them...causing them to jump out of their containers!!!!

turn on a lamp with a 25 watt bulb of any kind when all the big lights are turned off for the night.
Also... ┬* ┬*When spawning bettas....always keep a dim light on so that
daddy can see his nest and won't fall asleep while keeping his
unhatched nest...or tending his newly hatched fry!!!!
┬*This small amount of lighting will make the
bettas feel more secure. When you turn on the big lights....they
will not be startled and will just wake up!!!!

In total darkness it has been my experience that the slightest sounds will startle
bettas and frighten them.....causing them to jump out of their container!!!!
This has been my experience! ┬*I hoped that I have been able to help someone!!!
Warmest Regards to All,
Dan Fitel from Hellertown Pa

Another reason why I love Guppies &Guppy breeders ┬*:D

03-08-2006, 12:06 PM
This advice probably applies to a lot of other kinds of fish too. I have heard a lot of fish keepers complain about fish on the floor after turning on the lights.


03-08-2006, 01:33 PM
That's one of the reasons why I leave a 9w floro bulb on at night in the fish room. I find that the fish wake faster and are less skittish. An interesting side effect is that the nocturnal fish are much more active with the subdued lighting than without it. My giraffe cats in particular, they seem more willing to do their jobs and vacuum the tanks each night with a little light to work by.