TOPIC: betta suicide, betta jumping out of bowl
Q: I'm the owner of several bettas. I recently had my gorgeous split tail jump out of his vase and pass away :-(. He had been acting funny for about a day before the "suicide". I wonder if it was really suicide or was he trying to get in contact with one of female bettas in another vase?
Ohio, he? I once had a bass player and drummer who were from
there... :)) but that's another story for another day...
Today we are talking bettas. More specifically, bettas that jump. A few things immediately come to my mind:
BETTAS DO JUMP !!!!!
Les betta sautent. Los bettas jumpa. Das bettas hopperdas. Yin Betta hoopee hoopee. Or in plain old fashion English:
Dude: your betta can and WILL jump.
OK, so now that I put it to you in no less than 6 languages, what's anybody's excuse for NOT covering their #@*%# jars?? And this is not addressed to you Ryan, it is addressed to the countless people who email me daily to report they lost their fish cause it jumped. Well DUH! If you don't cover your jar, expect to find that puppy on the floor looking like a crisp, flat potato chip. I said it a zillion times and it was covered (twice) in our E-Magazine section.
This is what bettas that have jumped and were not found fast enough end up like:
So why oh WHY don't people cover their jars??? If you are not sure how to cover your betta display without it looking ugly, here are a few tricks:
So now what's your excuse? Is your betta display still wide open? Then you are leaving yourself wide open to have the heartbreak of finding your pet dried up and DEAD AS CAN BE, on the carpet. SHAME ON YOU! Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooo...
Now let's look at the above problem from another perspective. Why oh why do bettas jump in the first place?
Well I did ask them, many time (and most of these times I was quite pissed off sorta like :"What in heaven's name were you thinking??". Bettas usually are a bit embarrassed and give me lame excuses that never make much sense (something they have in common with my boyfriend I guess LOL). So since they won't help us understand, we are left to our own device in trying to read their mind... This is what a betta psychic found out for us: Below are the last thoughts on a betta's mind right before he jumped.
Above are the last thoughts on a betta's mind before he jumps. Below are the last thoughts on the same betta's mind AFTER he has jumped:
" #@%*@!### "
:). COVER YOUR JARS!
PS: Since publishing this article I have received many emails from people sharing their betta jumping (bad) experiences. I would like to share at least one with you. Click here to read it.