after i set it all up and put the betta and snail in, it seemed fine, but after a bit my betta was looking at the snail and got closer to it and bit it! Thanks! I just got a new betta, two live plants, an algae-eating snail, and a 10 gallon tank. Hello!! Betta fish kill each other and other fish by attacking their fins and inflicting open wounds. The snails just staying in his shell now? These fights can last for considerable amounts of time, and usually, at least one fish will have died by the time the fight finishes. However, these fish can attack and eat snails just the same. Bettas represent the most popular freshwater fish kept in home aquariums. Betta suddenly attacking mystery snail. I've purchased a betta fish and an apple snail today and 5 minutes of them being in the tank the fighters biting at the snails attenae things! I got my betta, Rick, and a mystery snail, Morty, in February. If I need to, I can move the snails to my 55gal. If you find your betta is attacking his reflection on all sides of the tank, try modifying the ambient lighting. Help. When he is only attacking certain sides of the tank, try changing the aquarium light. It sounds like your betta got angry that your snail went to it's leaf, and then more so when the snail went near it's bubble nest, and now is attacking it. These open wounds can quickly lead to infection and/or exhaustion . Will the fighter learn to live with the snail? Betta males are very protective of their bubble nests. They sometimes are, but my betta is an avid snail eater. While they do best in well-oxygenated tanks, they can survive in shallow waters, too. I need to give a little bit of backstory on this first. If you’re thinking about adding a Betta Fish to your community tank, you must exercise extreme caution. He cleans up ramshorn snails as if he's some sort of loach. The aggressive personalities of the males stand out every bit as much as their dramatic coloring. I can separate them as I don't have another tank. When do I say enough is enough? I have a male crown tail Betta and i also have a gold fish and a snail and at first the gold fish was hiding a lot but after two days there were perfectly fine with each other in a 10 gallon tank but today i took the betta out of the tank because he kept hiding inside a shell and was not eating or swimming that much so it all depends on the beta. My betta is a serial snail killer. My betta keeps attacking them. Whether you know them as bettas or "Siamese Fighting Fish," you've probably glimpsed these iconic fish circling tiny bowls in a pet store. Is this just a normal getting used to each other thing? i know that bettas can get along with community fish so i thought it'd be ok with a snail...but it keeps attacking it every once in a while. Discussion Starter • #1 • 12 mo ago (Edited) I have 3 small tanks with Bettas. Some bettas may eventually stop attacking their reflection, but most will continue to do so. Like Gouramis, Bettas are labyrinth fish with the ability to breathe water. They are in a 5 gallon, filtered tank. Zebra Snails do not reproduce uncontrollably like other breeds of snails. They were fine and all of a sudden my mystery snail died after two months. 126 Posts . The betta biting it's own tail sounds like it is stressed out (possibly because it thinks the snail is a danger to it/it's bubble nest). He lived happily with my apple snails for a few weeks, but then started attacking them nonstop, flaring and charging their shells. It's flipped the snail on its back too! And it keeps waiting for the snail to move then attacks it again. He killed his apple snail 'friend', and also starts attacking the MTS in his tank (but only when they get above a certain size). 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