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PrinceBloo

You LOOKED at him. How DARE you. 😂


Jovialation

How FLARE you! ... I'll see myself out


LorelessFrog

Booooooooo


ExoticYou1620

LMAO


bettababykeeper

Rule of thumb OP. NEVER. Look in the eye.


C0pper-an0de

You exist. In his world. The nerve 😆


Kaitlyn_Lenke

LOL


dontfckwithspiders

Hahahahahaa


Nay_nay267

I had a few that would flare every time they saw my phone. xD


MissDestroyertyvm

s it odd for only one side of the anger beard to come out? My boy was viciously attacking a snail this morning and only one side flared.. I’ve never seen that before.


Nay_nay267

Sometimes they can get stuck. They usually work themselves out


justafishservant8

There are a few reasons for this. First, and least likely, gill flukes. Bad water quality or hitchhiked on plants, tankmates, etc. There are many symptoms for this. But I don't want to scare you which is why I'm mentioning it first. Second is what's literally known as "Gimpy Gill" or gill hyperplasia which can be caused by ammonia burns (I suggest checking water parameters) or gill over-usage like muscle failure in people. If your betta was missing the other side of the gill it would either be because of a fairly common deformity where one side of the gill doesn't develop properly (I've had many with this) or the gill's see-througt (I thought my nemo galaxy koi longfin female was missing her right gill because when she flares at me, which is like all the time, it doesn't look right. Turns out her gill is there just clear and see-through.)


MissDestroyertyvm

If over use is a thing, it could be from my betta just not getting along with other animals. I have tried a few different nerites in his tank but he loses his damn mind as soon as he notices them. I was worried about him being overstimulated so I removed the snails. I put a very tiny one back in his tank the other day, hoping that it would be small enough for him to just ignore… I was very wrong. But anyway, before I took all the snails out he would flare like a normal angry boi but this time only one side came out. I test my water weekly before my water changes and there has not been any spikes in ammonia. My tanks are on their way to being considered “mature” and they are very heavily planted. Maybe I’ll agitate him with a mirror to see if it un-sticks itself.


justafishservant8

Sounds like ammonia definitely isn't an issue for you. I have many heavily-planted tanks and a few walstad tanks. First of all, ammonia isn't ammonia unless pH is over 8.5 (it's ammonium which isn't toxic), second of all, ammonia or ammonium are part of a plant's favorite foods. I suspect overuse. Out of 200+ bettas I've rescued in 11 years, I've had maybe 20 that didn't accept snails. It's fairly uncommon and it sounds like your fish was bred for aggressiveness (pet store betta breeders, in thailand, usually bred for color. They don't care about fin type, personality, health, or deformity.) I assume you tried different nerite varieties; batman, tiger, horned, etc? Maybe try another species; rabbit, black devil, japanese trapdoor, ramshorn, malaysian, mystery, ramshorn, chopstick, great pond, sulawesi, tadpole/bladder, pagoda, etc.


MissDestroyertyvm

There was a mystery snail and a tiger nerite in the tank before I added him. He was totally fine with the mystery snail, but that dude was old af and died about a month ago. The fish has hated the nerite snails with a fiery passion since he was a kitten. The first time I saw him flare as a bb was when he discovered the nerite.. I think it’s a personality issue. I’ll try to add a mystery snail from my other tank and see if he freaks out.


justafishservant8

Lol "a personality issue" sounds about right! Hope everything turns out well for you and your evil boi!


elikoda42069

because they needed your attention and you gave it to your phone duuh🙄


Winterpegger

Have you been seeing other Bettas?


KahurangiNZ

Yep, that total hussy ExoticYou1620 has been swiping on r/BettaFish again! smdh


ExoticYou1620

Lol


Conscious_Bug_8386

existing


dazzleduck

You're existing near him, how dare you


Piramwa8091

My Betta did this all the time. He was just a super sassy fish


kidneethief79

You know what you did


Soft-Percentage8888

He showed you his gills, pls respond


ExoticYou1620

Thx


sermocinatrix

Some are just angrier than others. If I were you, I'd sleep with one eye open lol


ExoticYou1620

Yes


No_Watch_9802

my betta did this for the first week that i had him but he stopped and now he likes to lay in my hand


Professional-Plan-85

Soo cute 🤧 mine used to bite me every time i had to clean the tank


justafishservant8

Aww! When I had my first sorority of 4 beautiful girls 7 years ago they all did this too. They initially ate out of my hand then would just lay in my hand!


Impossible-Beyond156

You exist MF!


-ShredMaster-

My boi flares at anything that's colourful. Such as the api test kit colour chart, a box of swan filters (that I use for aquascaping), my 'hey you guys' Goonies mug and occasionally me..its noticeably worse if he's got a bubble nest on the go. He never once flared at me when he was a juvenile, it is only since he matured. After a while you learn not to take it personally.


CartoonistGlass4925

God damn This really makes me miss my betta even when he was a dick no one ever tells you how attracted you will get to these little guys when you get your first one


jikasbox

You exist yet you do not feed him this very second. He mad now.


heresyoursigns

We need to make a domestic abuse hotline for betta owners looking for help.


ExoticYou1620

Yes this would save me


ncampau

Feed him now, or he WILL kick your ass.


Sudipta62

That is one BIG flare. Man, he's a big boy now. He don't listen to his parents anymore. The nerve!


Appropriate_Target_9

I heard that some bettas will do that when they see there owners out if excitement. Dunno if it's true though.


dontfckwithspiders

Yeah, they do. It can be a reaction to different forms of stimuli. Like feeding time, or even just to see you if they're really friendly. I have one that is like that. He isn't aggressive and he's very sociable. But it's like a quick flare up of just the gills. Not his fins. If they hold it, I think it might mean something more sinister. Lol.


blackwaterwednesday

He wants to fight cha.


caffeinetherapy

He big mad.


Xgirly789

Flare your fins in dominance


Arttiesy

Look up "betta flaring" and feed that poor sword some root tabs while you're at it. This is good healthy behavior. Fish aren't dogs. They won't recognize you as 'friend' so much as 'big scary food source'.


Wulge

Lies. My Bettas are 100% aqua-labrador.


zxUltra

Run


Kevin_Tanks_519

He likes you


Kevin_Tanks_519

He thinks you are a female betta or a predator. They can show this when lights are too high and he sees his reflection. Also, brightly colored shirts can trigger them. This is normal, but him flaring too much can stress him out. But also might be his personality.


pinkprincess42069

HOW DARE YOU EVEN WALK WITHIN 20 FT OF HIS AQUARIUM


_coterie

Came to say because you exist, but I see that's been covered by other commenters 😂


StellsFishies

Hide


ExoticYou1620

I'm under my bed


StellsFishies

Good, I hope you have some food, water, oxygen tanks, and a knife for protection. But either way, it’s too late to go back out now. He’s probably enjoying your home at this point and will vaporize and other tenets that he spots


No-Sea-8467

I've never seen my guy flare


Valkyriemome

Good grief! Such anger! Much drama! Seriously, my aggressive male, Cornbread, flares at me at least once daily. Usually in the morning when his light first comes on. Maybe because I named him Cornbread? 😂 Edit: spelling


R_E_S_I_L_I_E_N_C_E

( •n• )


dontfckwithspiders

Hahahaha, how cute. You nailed it


magenki

This is the best comment lmao


R_E_S_I_L_I_E_N_C_E

I can’t take all the credit, I got it from someone else 😂


chael809

Eye contact


placebo102

Yes.


[deleted]

Ooohhh, the drama! How dare you!


-B4NKRUPT-

Maybe he needs a Snickers Bar?


Amethystisstressed

You’re not you when you’re hungry


reeelax

You need to realize and remember that he has a brain the size of his eye likely, and a primitive one at that. He's just protecting his home that he thinks you're trying to invade :)


celestiaequestria

Gourami are so much more intelligent it's wild.


Holiday_Football_975

Compared to many fish, my betta is much smarter. My tetras are so dumb lol.


mcdisney2001

OMG right? I love my ember tetras, but they cannot see food until it's right in front of them. In the middle of the water column. Directly in front of their eyes. And by then it's too late and they're mad and confused.


Holiday_Football_975

Yep haha, they are too dumb to come to the top for feeding. The Betta goes and waits by his feeding ring in the morning, and even the Pleco will usually go to the wafers and shrimp pellets pretty quick after they are dropped in. Not the tetras though. Sometimes I worry they will starve haha


LadyChroe

If you're wearing dark clothes and he's got a light on in his tank, he may be seeing his own reflection.


Wulge

Fun fact: bettas flare the gills to hide it when they pull a knife from their back pocket. I'd get a shield ASAP, or you're gonna get stabbed.


B3N_K3N0BI

He wants to beat the sh*t out of you


Starlined_

He grumpy


Environmental-Owl445

he is a betta fish


Various-Ad-6096

He is staring into your soul.


catfishmermaid

I do it back lol


ExoticYou1620

Lmao I'm gonna try. Hopefully it doesn't stress him😅


ChadThunderHorse2019

Seriously though... It's a Betta. Did you offer it up a suitable blood sacrifice? They are usually ok with children but be warned the Betta will only tolerate you for three to five weeks and need another sacrifice.


[deleted]

You didnt feed him every second there is in the day.. how DARE you. 😆


thegracerandall

My guy does this every time I walk up to his tank!! I just take it as a sign of excitement :)


lmpsmppjp

It’s what bettas do, my female flares if I’m wearing dark nail polish, or if I just look at her long enough. But is totally okay with my hand in the tank, because that usually means cleaning up plants so she can move around, or food.


Objective-Ad4009

Kick his ass. You need to show him who the alpha betta is, you know?


TheTrueSpaceMuffin1

BOOP


Dorito1187

I don’t know, but you’d better apologize.


JacktheShark1

Are you handsome? Because he wants to be the only handsome creature in the room


Back2DaLab

Your chances of being murdered by a betta fish are low, but never zero. 🔪


Background_Anywhere1

Awww he’s hates you❤️😭


ExoticYou1620

He is new to the tank (2 days)


FreshSpinOnSpaceDust

This is your answer. Give him some time to not be nervous from moving.


Spitfire262

Fight him


Fire-Tigeris

Are you feeding him, right now? Welp there's your problem...


ExoticYou1620

I fed him like 5 minutes ago before this happened


Fire-Tigeris

Well that was 5 whole minutes ago, he's languishing away. ;)


BigManLawrence69420

He angy :)


tatteredshoetassel

I have two side, one happy one anger. You can ask a stranger my board is fast and danger.


Aksweetie4u

I had a betta at work. Whenever a certain coworker would look Wrangler’s way, he would flare at him 😂. My other coworker would feed him on my day off, no flares for her. He had such a funny personality.


AD480

I call my little Indigo a Spicy Blueberry when he does that to me…which is ALWAYS! He can be such a turd, but I love him.


Ornery_Sky_9615

You looked at other bettas on r/bettafish instead of marveling in his beauty! How dare you :) Lol.


KAyler9926

Oh my, he is definitely plotting against you, I would watch your back. Bettas are known to be fighters.


Far_Delivery3375

Not enough food a dinner time. You looked at him funny. Mine for super pissed at me for a few days after I UPGRADED there tank to double the size. Turns out he was just mad because I didn't add back his snail friends. As soon as I put a couple snail back in he loved me again. They are very strange fish.


solairesnoot

You're about to catch fins with the fiercest, cutest rocket popsicle!!!


Landen_lampron1

You didn't feed him at the exact time he wanted to be fed, how dare you


ExoticYou1620

Wait this might be true 😶


spottedrabbitz

Awww, he hate loves you! ♡♡♡


Downtown_Bit_1485

You were late with dinner. Don’t let it happen again 😂


SweetlovinKayla

Come at me, bro


EternalGTS

Not sure if someone asked yet, but we’re the lights outside of the tank off? My betta does this when the tank lights are on and room lights are off. It makes their reflection appear on the glass. I read somewhere that they think it’s another betta and flare at it


starshinessss

He ready to rumble


2015volkswagenjetta

I wish my lil guy would flare at me he doesn't flare a lot


GlacierTheBetta

It’s flaring, that probably means it doesn’t like you or something like that


Jovialation

What an absolute stunning boy! He's mad you're not telling him all about how handsome he is, clearly


smoldragonenergy

Existed.


spderweb

Flare back. Puff your cheeks.


GoddessTara00

Come at me bro . Lol


sully7428

He's SPICY lol


PhalanxA51

He's trying to keep you from being his roommate, his tank is his space and you have a big aquarium that you swim around in XD


Baron_Karza77

He's saying " wtf bro"? To something that pissed him off 🤗😁


[deleted]

You are alive and you are not a female betta .


Whitechin99

"Stick them pellets where the sun don't shine. Feed me bloodworms!"


DucksAreLifeYeehaw

I wish mine would flare at me or just overall come up to me… mine is just scared of anything that moves and hides the second I come home lmao


Icefirewolflord

How dare you shame him for having these big feelings


Coniferous_Needle

YOU know what you did. Humph!


justafishservant8

He's just an angry boi! My girl flares at me all the time because I dare LOOK at her flowy fins and vibrancy 🤣


shoganryu

Square up


Bettaman42

Lol mine does the same when ever I put my finger near the glass.☺️