mine used to. he's not a long fin betta hes a koi. I actually asked this reddit when I saw this happening because it freaked me out so much and many of the responses that I got said that their long finned bettas would do that and they assumed that it was to take a break from swimming. I'd say this behavior stopped probably about a week and a half after I got my boy and in retrospect I think it was because he was a petco rescue and had yet to build up any muscle. I did get sponge to cover the filter intake but never used for anything but slowing the flow at the top after he stopped.
This! They aren’t so strong after living in a cup/stagnant water. Plus in the wild they like areas of flow but also access to still water or very low current areas (I assume to eventually build a bubble nest and for sleeping).
If you have flow throughout the tank you can stick driftwood against the side of the glass with thermometer suction cups, get one of those floating logs, or create an area with lots of tall plants / surface floating plants with long roots.
Def get a prefilter sponge or make one to go over that. His fins will get ripped.
You can tie nylons on there too.
Yes please get one op, I see that ur betta already has a rip in his tail fin.
I used to have fish that would do that. Honestly, its not good for them long term. I would get an intake sponge or similar for the filter intake.
What negatives build up in the long term fulfillment of this habit?
I have a sponge filter and my betta likes to hang out there. Someone else said once that they like feeling the current, kind of like wind I guess. Just make sure he can’t get pulled into the filter or hurt
I think fish in general have a feel for water flow and current. Obviously we know that Bettas are long finned and relatively slow swimmers but I've seen red bellied piranhas that all face up in a line and remain calm and contented with a nice powerful flow over them. When I've seen them in LFS as juveniles in still tanks they just sort of seem depressed and hide away. I know he can breathe air if he wants but does not all that extra water flowing over his gills not be like how it's nice for a person to have a hit of oxygen or a good breeze in a stuffy room?
Honestly I like to hang out by my pools filter where it shoots out the water because it feels nice. So maybe it feels good sucking him on it. Like he's extra lazy and it just keeps in afloat and he doesn't have to do anything.
That’s what I think, and I don’t think it bothers him because if it did I’d think he’d stay clear of it. But I think he likes it. Plus he has plenty of other spots he hangs out at.
Just be careful—I used to think it was cute when my betta did this until one morning his entire dorsal fin was missing (check my post to see how bad it looked.) After infection after infection and months of medication cycles, he’s finally bouncing back from brink of death and his fin is regrowing.
I wish I’d just used a sponge filter from the beginning.
Thanks for the heads up :) . I realize now its better to be safe then sorry.
I've got a double sponge on a air lift for filtration. My Betta had figured out the perfect spot between the two sponges. He sticks his head to one and tail fin to the other. He hangs in between like he's on a water hammock and sleeps there. Won't use the actual hammock I got him.
Mine died that way...
Get him a betta cave <3
He’s got a cave that he hangs out in as well , he actually has a couple of spots he chills out at.
I think you have too much water movement. Betta's can develop tendency to just float and go with the flow if there is too much continuous water movement. Try lowering the air pump for few days at first and see if this behaviour continues. That filter could rip off his fins if not solved
My Inky used to. It cracked me up once I learned he did it by choice and wasn't stuck. My friends and I called him a masochist. 🤣
Mine loves to do that too. It seemed fine until it suddenly shredded his side fins. I found chunks of fin inside the filter. He had been enjoying it for weeks without noticing a problem, and then it was a problem. I tried a mesh sock over the intake, but i hated how that ended up, so i switched to a sponge filter. Now he can cozy up to the filter without it hurting his fins.
Mine did that. I eventually stopped freaking out about it bc he would easily remove himself. Then one day I came home and he did not look the same. I could just tell he was truly stuck. His beautiful fins were torn. He struggled around his tank for the next few days. I gave him the fin healing stuff and whatnot. He unfortunately did not survive. SIP Inuyasha.
Mine does! Sometimes I get scared and he doesnt move unless I move the filter. I think its similar to when they play in the bubbles to them
Your flow might be too strong. If this is where your beta rests it might be difficult for him to remain in other areas of the tank due to water currents.
I've had multiple bettas over the years who just LOVED letting themselves stick to the filter intake. Had one boy who would drape his fins around it as well, turning himself into an art piece. Silly fishie.
Cover the intake with sponge
Not OP but I have my betta fish that I’m literally having the exact same issue with as well and you are saying cover intake with sponge. Can you please explain a little more. I apologize for my ignorance but I don’t know what you mean. Are you saying a SPONGE like what comes to mind is the sponge used for washing dishes how would I cover it with that.
Yeah my guy used to do it in his quarantine tank
Mine likes to do that, too
My beta dose this to. He is Currently near the filter right now
Mine sleeps on the side of the filter Intake, it’s all sponged up and he never seems to have hurt himself after more than a year. Not sure why he chooses to sleep there, there’s plenty of anubias leaves for him to sleep on and a cave, he just seems to like the filter
Yeah mine is always doing this
get a sponge! slowly his scales/fins will be damaged on the side touching the intake
Yes! One of my Bettas is almost always hanging around the filter. Worried me initially as well, but I think he's just lazy and likes being able to just hang out
Dijon used to do this and I freaked out every time because he is halfmoon and I could tell he kept on letting the filter suck him in.
Solution? I cover it up with mesh. Never happened again. I wasn’t going risk him messing up his fins
I feel that !
As cute as it is, as others have said please get a cover for the intake. Mine did this for months until one morning he didn't come up to eat like normal & I found him with his tail sucked into the intake. I thought it was a one off thing but sure enough he did it a second time and then a third time even with a filter sponge. (He wedged himself into the sponge!) Now I have one of those metal shrimp covers over it and he can still enjoy it while being safe!
I had a Betta like that haha. It's pretty funny to see all the time. I had those big delta fin Bettas so the dude would block the entire intake and slow down the filer cause of it
Mine does the same thing!
He has such a long pretty tail fin!!
He does! Thank you!
He gives a flick with his tail and moves off it, so it shouldn't be a problem. I have a couple of Spec V tanks and mine rest by letting the intake current hold them up. They've done it for several years with no harm , besides those long tails get heavy, you know.
Just to be safe I will be adding a sponge filter soon and I turned the bubble flow down a bit. I do plan for a planted tank in the near future as I do have a few baby java ferns growing :) . My next plant is going to be a moneywort. Hopefully these plants will help reduce flow in curtain spots.
Ya they get tired they like to rest on the filter
I had one that did the same thing.
I swear I just watch my fish do nothing and I freaking love it…
Such pretty, lovely. I would considering getting something like a sponge or a cloth, I’d go with a sponge. I saw people recommend that already, so that’s good.
This isn’t good
Mine dose all the time!
Yep! I purposely let the plants surround the filter as a cushion. Now he’s got a lil sponge cover
Yeah! Why do they do that?
That's an issue I've been having. It's a got sharp edges inside too, and he has long fins, I'm going to go buy a sponge to cover it up tomorrow.
My Betta likes to play in the flow, he'll swim into it and let it push him down and then do it again a few times.
Ya mine likes to take naps on it
He’s beautiful, did anyone else notice him yawn? I love it when bettas yawn
Mine used to do this all the time. Scared the bejeezus out of me. 😂
Ours does. We have a sponge pre filter over it and I thought we had intake up too high. Turned it down as low as it would go, but it didn't matter. Still like to just hang there.
My betta used to love to wedge behind the filter intake to nap. Bettas are weird lol
Ours likes to waterboard herself under the filter and try to swim up the output for whatever reason 🤣
My betta hides under a little log to take a rest from swimming too and between the plants. I was concerned about him too
Yes. I covered mine with craft mesh held by zip ties to reduce the chance of his fins being torn. He sleeps against it sometimes.he is the biggest doofof a betta I've ever had. I have a fluval spec tank
Apparently it is like a massage to them. Problem is they are fragile and tend to get hurt and/or stuck
Mine has a few favourite spots... But he does go and sleep near the filter sometimes..... His night time slepp is in a bed of rotala... I got a few rips before but then u added a prefilter sponge and now it seems to be fine
DeeDEE! GET OUT OF THE FILTER INTAKE
I've had some that have done that before. Always freaked me out, especially on the longer finned fish, so I switched to sponge filters recently.
As long as he is capable of getting off by himself I think it's okay. Mine does this too and he usually chills there after a zoomies swim. Probably just relaxing. You could always add some floating plants for him to rest on instead of the filter makes you feel uncomfortable. I know I'll be getting some soon.
Yea he seems ok getting off by himself but like others are saying I'll put a sponge on it just to be safe.
This isn’t a good thing usually. Definitely try to cover with a sponge! The suction can tear their fins and lead to horrible infection
My rosetail beta lost most of his tail doing this. Stupid fish.
Where can I get a filter sponge? Broke college student with a betta here who can’t afford much. I have a 3 gallon tank with rocks and some decorations, but nothing living. Normal pet store filter for this rank size. I wanna give my boy a good life but 1) I’m not even allowed to have it in my apartment and I’m not paying that fee (fuck my landlord) and 2) I can’t break the bank to have a crazy tank. But my betta does this all the time, have tired to stop it with no avail.
Mine likes to lay on the sponge I use to slow the filter flow, like a lil bed
My baby does that too. He’s strange. First day I got him he just sat against the filter intake (which is very light because the intake is covered by another piece of plastic with serration) he’s adorable though
Hes not hanging out, the filter intake is too strong and he isn't strong enough to swim away. They prefer calm waters with little to no current.
He literally swims away in the video
Seems to me like a lot of people on this are not taking this very dangerous behavior,that could very easily kill your beta, seriously. our bettas depend on us to keep them safe no matter " how cute" their behaviors are.Please , If your Beto does this , fix the intake so it will not cause any problems, now or in the future.Sponges, mesh, stockings, etc.,Are all really good & inexpensive ways to protect their long fina from being ripped off.