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03-10-2014, 03:11 PM #1
How long before he acclimates???
So we have had our new betta, Max for almost a week now. He is still hiding behind a large rock in our tank and not really coming out to swim around. Every once in a blue moon you will catch a glimpse of him slowing gliding from the top of the tank back behind the rock again, but I have never seen him come to the front of the tank. Is he still acclimating? He is eating now, so that is a plus. Anything we can do to help him come out of his shell more and enjoy the entire tank and not a teensy section behind a rock where we never see him?
Hubby managed to snap a pic during one of his graceful swims back to the bottom. It isn't very close up. Sorry about that.
20140308_133022.jpg40 gallon FW -1 male halfmoon betta named Max, 2 GBR's (Peter and Lois) who better clean up their act, 11neon tetras (damn GBR's killed one), 12 black neon tetras, 2 assassin snails, and 1 albino BN pleco named Tiberius.
03-10-2014, 03:16 PM #2Banned Guppy
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Set up looks very nice! Our betta once he went from the little fish bowl to the aquarium became quite active. Every fish is different though. Your other fishes are pretty small and gentle so that isn't the issue. Probably just his personality to be a bit shy at first.
03-10-2014, 03:16 PM #3
A week isn't really all that long considering the size of your tank. What is the flow like? Bettas don't like a lot of flow, and if your tank has more flow than he is used to, it could take him awhile to build up his swimming abilities - don't forget, he came from a cup where he wasn't able to swim anywhere. If the flow is too strong, he never will come out.
Another possibility is that the tetras may be too busy for him - the neons should be fine but black tetras are a bit more active. Not saying they are the problem, just mentioning it as a possible cause. Bettas are generally very curious and into everything, so my main guess is the size of the tank, and the amount of flow is going to take some getting used to for him.
03-10-2014, 04:20 PM #4
Our black neons are lazy! lol! They just chill in their spot most of the day. His first night was rough b/c of the flow. It slammed him into the side of the tank twice. :( Poor thing. We have since tried to lessen the flow a bit, but he won't even try to come out to the front. I guess we will just keep waiting and see if he ever changes his mind about visiting.40 gallon FW -1 male halfmoon betta named Max, 2 GBR's (Peter and Lois) who better clean up their act, 11neon tetras (damn GBR's killed one), 12 black neon tetras, 2 assassin snails, and 1 albino BN pleco named Tiberius.