Have fun with your new friend
Betta fish come to recognize their owners. They will actually learn faces and even simple games. Keep your betta company and say “hi” once in a while, so he learns who you are!
- Betta fish are very curious and often develop a strong bond with their caretaker. They can “beg” for food by swimming up and down in the front of the tank when you come near.
Play with your betta fish
Betta fish are enjoyable to watch and spend time with. You can play with your fish by moving your finger back and forth along the tank edge (never bang the tank or poke the water). Watch your betta follow you. And above all, don’t forget to name your fish!
- Never tap the glass of the tank. This action easily agitates the fish and can cause the fish to go into shock. To interact through movement, simply slowly rest your finger on the glass and slide it along to see if your betta will follow it. If he/she backs away and seems frightened, then stop immediately. You can eventually try again once you the betta is more accustomed and less afraid of you.
- Avoid having a mirror as a permanent fixture in the tank, as it will make your betta believe there is another betta constantly in their territory and can cause stress. Using a mirror in moderation (once in a while for less than five minutes), however, can help a constipated betta defecate. Tank walls can sometimes be naturally mirrored as well, so consider purchasing underwater “wallpaper” to cover this up.