Betta fish fights usually start with flaring fins or gills and escalate to nipping. Depending on the extent of aggression, a fight can last for hours or days. Ultimately, one of the fighting fish will retreat. Betta fish fights usually end when one of the males flees or tries to escape. Occasionally, a fight may turn violent and lead to death.
Behaviors of betta fish vs fighting fish
The Siamese fighting fish, or betta, are known for their aggressive behavior. Researchers found that their movements become synchronized during fights, suggesting that these aggressive fish are working in tandem in their brains. Researchers also observed that genes in their brain cells are regulated in a similar way during fighting. This research has important implications for human behavior, since fighting fish are very similar to humans.
In addition, these fish have distinct social behaviors, which include courtship displays and signalling. Betta splendens males engage in aggressive displays and signalling when they approach females less than a fish length away. When they’re beaten, they switch to the female. Females, on the other hand, do not engage in such behaviors. Often, these behaviors are a result of predation.
Betta fish are fairly tolerant of other fish in their tank. However, they do need regular water changes and tank cleaning. Unless your tank has a filter, you might have to do this once a week. Try putting some plants and a small cave in the tank to provide a safe and secure environment for your betta. Keep in mind that bettas do not like mirrors.
Males with fighting behavior had higher aggression scores compared to wild-type females. Males in fighting groups tended to swim more, perform frequent fast strikes and display aggressive behavior. Fighters were also significantly more aggressive than wild-type males. However, these differences were not attributed to the type of stimulus, but rather to the sex and strain of the bettas.
In addition, the males in paired-staged fights exhibited lower cortisol responses than their counterparts in the wild-type strain. Cortisol levels are known to be correlated with aggression in fish, and selection of males for fighting may have reduced stress-axis activation in these fighters. These results suggest that male and female aggression have common mechanisms, and that they may even have evolved in response to the selection of fighters.
While bettas are a friendly species, they are not schooling. Because of this, they may attack another betta, regardless of gender. If you have a male betta, avoid adding him to a tank with fin-nipping guppies, as they may mistake him for another betta and attack him. Adding him to the same tank without tankmates can result in fin nipping, which may cause the betta to lose its fins.
Another common behavior of bettas is flaring its gills. This sign of aggression could be that they sense another fish in the tank. This is especially apparent when no other fish are in the tank. They may also flare their gills when they see their reflection or feel another male nearby. This behavior could also be due to poor water quality. Hence, a good way to distinguish between the two species is to keep a close eye on them.
Territorial behavior of betta fish
There are several theories that explain territorial behavior of bettas. Interestingly, juvenile European eels show much more aggressive behavior than expected. The researchers hypothesize that this is due to earlier isolation, which results in lower social interaction and higher aggressiveness. The betta is a highly territorial, solitary species, so the influence of social interaction is not understood. Still, these theories have some merit.
While female bettas generally do not display aggressive behavior towards each other, males are more likely to establish territories. Males may attack other fish or invertebrates that come in contact with them. To avoid a potentially dangerous situation, it is best to separate male bettas. The tankmates should be tropical or communal. It is not recommended to mix bettas with coldwater fish because they have incompatible body temperatures. They can nip, erode or damage betta fins.
The genetic basis of aggression in bettas is not fully understood. Studies in zebrafish have identified dozens of candidate genes that can be used as starting points in research in bettas. However, before such studies can be conducted in bettas, progress on annotating the genome will have to be made. Then, it would be possible to discover a gene responsible for aggressive behavior in betta fish.
When considering potential tankmates, consider the size of the aquarium. Most bettas will tolerate shoal fish, but the males may show aggressive behavior. If you do choose to add a male betta to the tank, make sure to introduce other fish first. These potential tankmates can establish territories before the male betta does. And remember, if you choose male betta, avoid placing him in a tank with male guppies.
Males that interact with other males exhibit aggressive behavior. This is a robust and consistent behavioral behavior that lasts about 30 minutes. Further, males who have not been exposed to their opponent’s territory show less aggression than those that were visually isolated from them. This result was reversed when the same fish were visually exposed to their rivals again. Males with blue fins were more aggressive than other colors, exhibiting longer lateral displays. Males with blue fins are probably chosen for their visual cues in murky water. Further, their body mass positively correlated with the frequency of lateral displays.
Male bettas are territorial and protective of their home territory. They do not like any intrusions and often display aggressive behavior when shown a picture of a rival male. These males may even attack other fish by biting or ramming them. Regardless of the cause, territorial fights are a common source of aggression in many fish species. If you are considering a betta for a new pet, make sure you research territorial behavior before making a decision.
Aggression of female bettas towards other females
Female bettas are less aggressive than males, but they do display some aggression. Adding a new female to the tank may be perceived as a threat by the existing bettas. Older females are more likely to attack the new betta. Changing the tank layout or changing the fish’s enclosure may help prevent the bettas from developing territorial relationships with one another.
Keeping two or more females in a tank may prevent aggression, but it is best to avoid this during the transition. If you cannot keep only one female, you can separate the two. This is not a problem if the females are well-acquainted with each other and have no reason to fight. However, some females do become aggressive when the males are not.
While males do not get along well with other bettas, females can live peacefully in groups of four to six. This will dilute the aggression between the females, and aquarists refer to these groups as ‘Sororities.’ However, it is important to remember that female bettas have aggressive tendencies, but they are usually directed at their own kind. When properly maintained, female bettas can live peacefully with other species.
The ethological tradition has provided us with a wealth of data on the behavior of Bettas. In a seminal laboratory-based study conducted in 1955 by Braddock and his colleagues, the authors found that females display a strong behavioural reaction to mirror presentations. Their findings also emphasized the role of mirror presentations in reinforcing operant responses in female Bettas.
In nature, male betta fish are more aggressive than female bettas. They often establish territories and defend them with their life. When they are introduced to another male, they will display warning signs, including flaring their gills and spreading their fins. This behavior is intended to scare off other bettas and give them enough time to leave before a fight begins.
However, male bettas do show aggression when threatened, and females do not display the same aggressive behavior. The aggression of a female betta towards another female is likely to be due to the stress hormones released by the male bettas, which are produced during spawning. In a typical tank, a female betta will tolerate the aggression of a male but can be aggressive toward another female.
Male bettas and female bettas can live together, but they should not be kept with each other. Males are territorial and aggressive and should be kept separately. It is also better to avoid having males or females in the same tank. When introducing a new female, it is best to quarantine it until you have a chance to observe how your males are behaving around other members.