Where Do Betta Fish Sleep?

If you have a betta fish in your home or are planning to bring one home, you might be wondering if you need to get some sort of bed for your aquarium. Some fish bury themselves in the sand, hide inside caves, or rest on top of a log, but betta fish aren’t usually so picky. 

Betta fish are native to Asia, and are usually found living in rice paddies. That means that they’re used to living in thick vegetation and shallow water. So in the wild, they usually sleep within the cover and concealment of their surroundings—among leaves, branches, and algae. 

In your aquarium at home though, your betta fish isn’t threatened (unless there’s a goldfish in there too), so they’re likely to sleep anywhere they want—on the bottom, tucked between the plants, or even floating near the surface of your tank. 

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