I have heard and seen this question a few times, do betta fish sleep? Well yes, like all animals betta fish must sleep to stay alive!
I think these sleeping behaviors show the importance of having tank ornaments and aquarium plants – the betta fish like to use the shadows cast or the holes that are included with the ornaments to sleep in. Since they sleep in these places it is my opinion that they find these places their safe place.
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Betta fish will use these safe places to hide when they feel threatened for whatever reason and will retreat here to reduce their stress levels – resulting in a happier betta.
Fun Fact: One favorite ornament that bettas love to sleep on is a hammock. Learn more about this by reading our post — Betta Hammock: Beginner’s Guide To Your Pet Fish Aquatic Cot.
Below is a video I found on YouTube which I found quite funny but educational on betta sleeping behavior.
When do Betta Fish Sleep?
Betta fish sleep at night and have a few rests throughout the day. Luckily very similar to human sleeping patterns. I say luckily because if the betta tank is in your bedroom you will be able to turn off any lighting which in turn will help you sleep :).
Do you have any Betta sleeping behavior stories, tips, advice? Do you agree or disagree with what I have said? I’d love to hear your comments below – and I am sure many others would too!
Last Updated: July 28, 2022