Topic: I have nine Bettas in a 10 gallon aquarium and I can never seem to find them sleeping. Even if I turn off the light and sneak in the room it still seems I can’t find them sleeping.. When the heck do they sleep? Or what do they look like? Just kind of wondering if my fish are healthy and are actually sleeping when I never see them sleep… Should I have a schedule to turn my lights off or just leave the lights on all the time?
Beta fish are very calm and are very light sleepers. They usually can sense movement around even though there are eyes are closed somehow. They make these plastic leaves to put into your betta tanks that are designed for your fish to sleep on. They are called betta hammocks. Here is what they look like
I’ve given some thought and did my research on this one for you. I had some spare time to burn so hopefully this helps you some. And yes you should turn your lights off on a regular schedule. What helps regulate that is buying a timer at your local hardware store that does this automatically. Here is a picture of some. Basically it plugs into the wall and then plugs into your aquarium light and it switches the light off at your certain set time everyday.
Sleeping In Plants
But as far as sleeping they usually like to sleep in plants or somehow have something along their side to help hold them where they are. Their scales help hold them inside of plants can just sit there for a very long time without any movement.
Sleeping Inside Decorations
They love to sleep inside of tank ornaments and especially tube like shapes of ornaments. So if you’re picking out things to put in your aquarium as decorations I would advise to use some small ornaments that are around because they love to lay in there and sleep at night.
Sleeping On Their Side
You will also notice that they sometimes lay on their side a little bit almost like they look like they’re not alive or dead but they are actually sleeping. I think that is because they have to not be moving to sleep and if that’s what it takes then they will just lay on their side. I have come into the room numerous times to catch them on their side and I think their dad but then I go to make a lot of movement around them and they get up and start moving around as if they were sleeping because I work.
Sleeping Top of Water
These fish are always coming to the surface for air so you will notice that they sleep at the top of the water most of the time. They love to lay inside of plants and kind of just loiter around atop the surface when I can just grab a quick gulp of air.
Plus I’m pretty sure it’s easy for these fish the float because if you’re breathing that there’s a hair inside of your lungs you would think or they would have a tendency to float but maybe I’m totally wrong on this one. You want to make sure the surface isn’t too agitated with movement from your tank filter because this can stress the fish out.