Who has Betta Fish or fish with an interesting personality?

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    Jun 30, 2011 10:30 AM GMT
    I have two. One is this cute blue one that acts like a dog down to the point of rushing to the bottom of the tank edge and posing funny for me. He always comes to the tank side when I turn my head (it's against wall behind my computer desk). We play all the time. It's not just a hungry thing. I've seen him react with intense curiousity at anything I put up to the tank. Then when I rub my finger against the tank he'll wag (bettas do that) then soothingly stop and tilt to his side like a dog getting a tummy rub. They really do have interesting personalities.

    What about yours? Do you think fish feel love?
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    Jun 30, 2011 3:18 PM GMT
    When I had my salt water aquairum I had a foot long vlamingi tang. every time I moved my corals he'd swim into my hand and make me rub him haha. Had him for over 8 years and when he died I sold everything :-(
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    Jun 30, 2011 3:29 PM GMT
    Right now i've got 3 2.5 gallon betta tanks. One with a crown tail, the other with a delta tail, and the 3rd with an albino half moon plakat betta. In my large freshwater community tank, Ive got 3 female bettas in there. My favorites in there are my Bolivian Rams tho. Also have a saltwater tank i'm currently setting up! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 30, 2011 4:14 PM GMT
    Kanaka24 saidWhen I had my salt water aquairum I had a foot long vlamingi tang. every time I moved my corals he'd swim into my hand and make me rub him haha. Had him for over 8 years and when he died I sold everything :-(


    I had to look up vlamingi tang. Oh, so pretty!

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  • BlackBeltGuy

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    Jun 30, 2011 5:02 PM GMT
    funny mine has a personality too. I named him Sir Oliver Koosh

    he plays dead and then when I notice he wakes up and swims. ; )
  • wild_sky360

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    Jun 30, 2011 5:29 PM GMT
    I had a large reef tank years ago. My Niger Trigger had a great personality and enjoyed interaction more than any other fish. He could get a bit rough though with the love bites, while working in the tank. If he wanted my attention while I was in the room, he'd spit water at me...just like a squirt gun, and with perfect aim. Beautiful fish...usually black with a mood variable turquoise sheen.

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  • wild_sky360

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    Jun 30, 2011 5:47 PM GMT
    I conducted an effective conditioning experiment on a usually psychopathic Sohal Tang. I added him last...thumb sized, to a tank of peaceful, but take no shit, larger fish. He tried the psycho act but got slapped down so much that even fully grown, he stayed within the pecking order he was introduced in.

    My reef buds offered ridiculous amounts of cash for him, but I was certain his genetic nastiness would surface in a new environment.


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    Jun 30, 2011 9:39 PM GMT
    i had these three Discus fish that would freak people out by sitting and staring at us and folowing us around the room... it felt like they were the ones keeping us around as things to look at lol.... It was funny when we would be watching tv, and they would hover in front of the glass staring at us lol

    They def knew how to recognise us too.. they would comfortably stare back at us whoknew them.... but when a stranger would come into the house and go to look at them, they would all disappear behind the plants to hide from the "unfamiliar person" lol

    Now that I think of it.. schooling fish are known to recognise eachother... their following us around the room was like schooling behaviour they included us with... I feel so accepted lol
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    Jul 01, 2011 2:23 AM GMT
    My betta is the best. Very playful and fun personality. I have had him for nearly 2 years now and he is awesome.

    My brother had to take care of him once. I told him he was cool; he didn't believe me until he had him for a week. Almost didn't want to give him back!
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    Jul 01, 2011 2:30 AM GMT
    Ignore. *click*
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    Jul 01, 2011 2:32 AM GMT
    Watermelons said
    Greenhopper saidi had these three Discus fish that would freak people out by sitting and staring at us and folowing us around the room... it felt like they were the ones keeping us around as things to look at lol.... It was funny when we would be watching tv, and they would hover in front of the glass staring at us lol

    They def knew how to recognise us too.. they would comfortably stare back at us whoknew them.... but when a stranger would come into the house and go to look at them, they would all disappear behind the plants to hide from the "unfamiliar person" lol

    Now that I think of it.. schooling fish are known to recognise eachother... their following us around the room was like schooling behaviour they included us with... I feel so accepted lol


    Schooling fish recognize each other with the use of the lateral line, not through eyesight recognition. You can puncture their eyes out and as long as they have the lateral line intact within their body, they can still school amongst each other.

    I used to keep wild bettas. I remember buying Betta Albimarginatas when they were still really $$$. Gorgeous fish and bred easy, since they were mouth brooders. Mm... now I only have a reef tank. Two picasso A clowns and a banded pipefish in there. Yay reef.
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    Jul 01, 2011 2:36 AM GMT
    wrestlervic saidIgnore. *click*


    Ah, the feeling is mutual. "Click."

    And damn, what a stupid ass thread!
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    Jul 01, 2011 2:37 AM GMT
    I've kept bettas off and on since I was in high school. They're really fun to have. The best one I had was a green half-moon. Now that I travel more extensively for work, all of the fish tanks are in boxes in the basement. :-(
  • matt13226

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    Jul 01, 2011 2:41 AM GMT
    i used to have one and kept it in a tall skinny vase it was so cute it chased its tail alot lol and then would go to the bottom and swim to the top really fast
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    Jul 01, 2011 2:42 AM GMT
    matt13226 saidi used to have one and kept it in a tall skinny vase it was so cute it chased its tail alot lol and then would go to the bottom and swim to the top really fast


    Damn, Wisconsin dude, you say cute things ;)
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    Jul 01, 2011 3:21 AM GMT
    Watermelons said


    Ehm, sorry dude. but all the fish I kept were able to recognise familiar vs unfamiliar people.... they may use the lateral line to detect movement in the water, but I highly doubt thats how they become familiar with others, otherwise they would not recognise people, they MUST use eyesight for recognition... What you are talking about is how they manage to keep their positions in the water among other fish.... not recognition of familiar individuals

    http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums/f12/do-fish-recognize-strangers-102449.html
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    Jul 01, 2011 4:39 PM GMT
    CHIdude said
    wrestlervic saidIgnore. *click*


    Ah, the feeling is mutual. "Click."

    And damn, what a stupid ass thread!


    Actually, that's what I thought too, and I originally came in with thoughts of making some cute sarcastic remark like "fish with personality? C'mon!" icon_redface.gif

    But reading the accounts of some of the fish owners here, I stand corrected. I like learning something new. icon_smile.gif
  • wild_sky360

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    Jul 01, 2011 8:44 PM GMT
    CHIdude said...click

    wrestlervic said..click


    C'mon guys...(plural)

    CHIdude is always quick with a humorous non sequitur..not to hijack a thread.
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    Jul 01, 2011 8:47 PM GMT
    Blackbeltguy saidfunny mine has a personality too. I named him Sir Oliver Koosh

    he plays dead and then when I notice he wakes up and swims. ; )


    Whoa...that makes your heart skip
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    Jul 01, 2011 9:17 PM GMT
    so fish have personality?
    well, you can't cuddle with a fish.....
    so I prefer a dog

    still haven't got a new dog since my dog DIED back in March. She had doggie breast cancer icon_sad.gif
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jul 01, 2011 9:31 PM GMT
    We have a "leaf fish".. it's really my bf's fish, in a separate tank with two
    catfish. Had all three fish in this tank about 3 years.. the leaf fish follows me, watches me, does some interesting things in the water. He's something else.
  • wild_sky360

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    Jul 01, 2011 9:45 PM GMT
    I had a Naso Tang, my oldest fish, that acted like a big bodyguard for all of her original, juvenile tank mates, that she grew up with. Her personality was typically, like an overgrown puppy, with the tail waggin the butt when she was happy.

    She really liked a harmonious environment though...enough that she'd nip any aggression in the community by placing her heft between the squabblers. That was usually enough to restore order. But if any of her old pals got picked on; looook out. She'd tear after the offender and make clear they were messing with her too.

    I've seen mated clowns do this sort of thing for each other, but generally fish tend to mind their own business. This was certainly on par with any notable behaviors observed with my dogs.
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  • wild_sky360

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    Jul 01, 2011 9:51 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidWe have a "leaf fish"..


    Is that the fish that blends into whatever his surroundings are, waiting for prey?