Do betta fish make noise?

In this blog, we will discuss whether betta fish make noise or not. We will discuss everything in detail in the blog.

Overview

In this blog

  • Do betta fish make noise?
  • Do betta fish make noise to grab your attention?
  • Do betta fish make noise due to aggressive tank mates?
  • Do betta fish make noise during feeding?
  • Do betta fish make noise during bubble nest building?
  • Do betta fish make noise by tapping the aquarium glass?
  • Do betta fish make noise when they chomp snails?
  • Do betta fish make noise when they ingest gravel?
  • What should you do when your betta fish make noise?
  • Summary 
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Reference

Do betta fish make noise?

Betta fish make noise and produce a variety of sounds if you listen closely. It is not possible to hear those sounds so clearly as water limits the effectiveness of sound.

If you have kept your betta fish in a quiet location in your home then it is somewhat possible to listen to a variety of sounds by your betta fish. But if you have kept your betta fish tank in a noisy location then it is impossible to hear their noise. 

There could be several reasons behind this behavior and as per my knowledge, it is healthy behavior. There is nothing to worry about if your fish is making noise in the tank. It is completely normal for fish to make noise, but you need to hear it carefully to differentiate the sound they produce. 

We will discuss this in more detail in my blog. It will be interesting to know this behavior of your betta fish as it will help you to understand your betta fish more. 

Do betta fish make noise to grab your attention?

Bettas are famous as attention grabbers and they can sense everything outside their tank. If they know you are the owner they will swim and come near the tank glass and produce sounds to grab their owners attention.

Some bettas may not do this while others do this to get all the attention from their owners. It also depends on the variety of betta fish you own, as some bettas are very active and some are very calm. 

Do betta fish make noise due to aggressive tank mates?

Betta fish do well in solitary tanks, but when they are kept in community tanks or with other betta fish they become aggressive and engage in fights.

If they are kept with tank mates they will fight for sure and as per my knowledge while fighting the fish may crash to the substrate or get hit by tank glass. Such combats will produce noises, as bettas will collide with those inanimate objects in the tank. 

You need to listen to their noises closely to understand what kind of noise they are producing or if the noise is due to other objects in the tank.

Do betta fish make noise during feeding?

When betta fish get hungry they will wait for you and make noise to let you know it’s their feeding time and they are very hungry. You bettas do have a biological clock like humans and they sleep and eat like us and their clock will tell them it’s feeding time or sleeping time.

Your beautiful betta fish will make noise to get food from their owners when they are hungry. All you have to do is feed them on time and try to feed them in their chosen spot where they like to eat every day.

If you delay the feeding time, your betta will surely remind you by making a noise that kindly feeds me, as it’s my time to eat now. It is completely normal and nothing to get worried about.

Do betta fish make noise during bubble nest building?

Betta fish are known for building bubble nests to attract females for mating or they simply make it when they get bored. They make those bubbles so meticulously using their mouth on the surface of the tank.

They also produce noise while blowing those bubbles. It’s a healthy sign if your betta fish is making a bubble nest either daily or for breeding purposes. 

Bubble nests building is very common in bettas, so if you own a betta fish you must be aware of this behavior and if you are new to betta fish keeping then be ready to experience this betta behavior.

Do betta fish make noise by tapping the aquarium glass?

Betta fish have sharper teeth and they make noise by tapping the aquarium glass, but they won’t be doing it daily. If they do it sometimes, they might be bored or feel hungry.

If you get bothered by this behavior of your betta fish then do two things, either feed them some pellets or give them some toys to play with. 

You can repeat this to check if feeding and giving toys stop this behavior then you can do the same every time they make noise by tapping the aquarium glass.

Do betta fish make noise when they chomp snails?

Snails are considered as best tank companions to any aquarium fish, as they mind their own business and keep the tank clean by ingesting the waste done by fish. They are harmless and keep the tank ecosystem clean and healthy for the fish to thrive.

There are various types of snails that can be kept with a betta fish in the aquarium and they all have common characteristics. But betta fish are always curious to know what is happening in the tank, outside the tank and whom she or he shares the tank with.

Bettas sometimes chomp the hardshells of snails, although they dont harm them  but out of boredom they at times chomp their shells to keep themselves occupied. 

There is nothing to worry if they are not hurting them by attacking or chasing them , but if you observe them hurting or chasing those snails then either shift the betta to a solitary tank or the snail to some other tank.

Do betta fish make noise when they ingest gravel?

Bettas don’t need gravel in their tank, because they are not bottom dwellers, they usually occupy the middle and upper regions in the tank. If you are keeping your betta fish in a community tank then you can add gravel for bottom dwellers. 

Bettas prefer smooth and round gravels, so if you add rough gravels and betta ingest that mistakenly then it might create noise when they chomp those gravels. There is nothing to worry about if they have ingested those gravels, it will come out as waste through their digestive system. 

But make sure they are not repeating this as it can upset their digestive system and if they collide with those gravels it might damage their beautiful pectoral fins.

What should you do when your betta fish make noise?

As a betta fish owner, it is your responsibility to check your fish every day. Any minor inconvenience in your tank can be dangerous. Betta fish are a bit notorious and they do a lot of things in the tank whether we are around or not. 

They love playing, resting, hiding, and eating. If you hear any noise from your betta fish tank, then have a look in the tank if they are hungry, scared, ingested something, or simply making noise.

You should spend time with your betta fish to know more about them. They have different shades and gradually you will understand. Make sure to keep their tank clean and feed them on time. 

Summary

Your beautiful betta fish is capable of making a variety of sounds and it is very healthy. They have upturned mouths and sharp teeth. There is nothing to worry about at all if they are making noise. 

Bettas make noise due to a variety of reasons and sometimes they do it out of boredom. If they do it out of boredom then provide them with toys for their mental stimulation.

You will be able to understand their noise if you hear it closely because water reduces the effectiveness of sound.

To sum it up:

  • Bettas make noise.
  • They produce a variety of sound noises.
  • You need to hear it closely to understand the type of sound they are making.
  • If they are making noise due to hunger, then feed them betta pellets, without overfeeding.
  • It is very healthy for your betta fish to produce noise.
  • There is nothing to worry about if your betta fish makes noise.

Frequently asked questions

Is it healthy for betta fish to make noise?

Yes, it is completely healthy for bettas to make noise.

Can betta fish produce a variety of sound noises?

Yes, betta fish can produce a variety of sound noises.

Do betta fish chew their food?

Yes, betta fish have a strong set of teeth and they eat their food by chewing it.

Do betta fish make noise while chewing their food?

Yes, betta fish chew their food and eat and make noise while eating.

Should you worry, if your betta fish make noise?

No, you should not worry if your betta fish make noise. But do check once if all is well in their tank or not.

Reference

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