Why Is My Betta Jumping Out Of The Tank?

Why Is My Betta Jumping Out Of The Tank

This site does not constitute pet medical advice, please consult a licensed veterinarian in your area for pet medical advice.

A healthy and normal betta fish is one of the most interactive fish available. It swims around, is playful and the amount of playfulness will increase whenever you are around. But sometimes you might catch your betta trying to jump out of its tank.

If your betta is jumping out of the tank regularly, then it is something you need to be concerned with. Bettas do not jump out of their tanks, act erratically unless there is something wrong.

Today in this article, we will get to know everything about why your betta keeps jumping out of the tank, and what you can do to prevent that.

Here Is Why Your Betta Is Jumping Out Of The Tank

Truth be told there are many reasons behind why your betta is behaving this way.

1. There Is Something Wrong With The Fish Tank

The most common reason why your betta keeps jumping out of the tank is there is something wrong with the housing. If you are keeping your betta in a bowl, stop that immediately.

If you are keeping your betta in a fish tank, check if it is big enough for your betta or not. If it is too small for the fish, then is it quite natural for it to try to escape that.

A small tank does not allow a betta to have the movement it requires. It is very prone to toxin build-up as well. 

2. The Water In The Tank Is Not Healthy Enough For The Betta

If the tank and its size are not the problems, then it is probably the water inside. If you do not clean the tank regularly, there will be a lot of ammonia inside the tank, which will make living conditions for your betta quite hard.

Too much ammonia can cause ammonia poisoning for your betta. You will be surprised to know that this is a very common disease amongst bettas.

If the ammonia build-up is too much for your betta, it will try its best to look for clean water which will lead to your betta jumping out of the tank. 

3. It Is Trying To Hunt Or Catch Something

The environment around the fish tank matters a lot. A betta is known as a gutty fish that eats almost everything. If you are keeping your betta in a place where there are a lot of flies around, then it is possible that your betta is trying to hunt or catch a fly. And in the process of it, it keeps jumping out of the tank. 

4. Your Betta Is Very Stressed

One of the many reasons your betta keeps jumping out of the tank is because it is stressed. Stressed bettas act very erratically. It gets very jumpy and swims around at a very weird pace.

There are a lot of reasons a betta can be stressed. A poor sleeping cycle, not enough time to rest, lesser space in fish tank, etc can stress a betta out pretty easily.

5. There Is Nothing Wrong With Your Betta, It Is Just A Little Jumpy

If all the reasons mentioned above are not causing your betta to jump out of the tank, then there is nothing wrong, to be honest. I have been saying this since the beginning that, bettas are very active fishes.

It is possible that you got one of the very overactive bettas who just like to jump out of the tank for fun. 

How To Stop Your Betta From Jumping Out Of The Tank

Now that we know why your betta is jumping out of the tank, there are a few things you can do to stop this from happening.

1. Change The Fish Tank ASAP

The ideal housing for a betta should be a fish tank. But that’s not it. The fish tank should be at least 5 gallons or more for one betta fish. A betta is a very active fish. A healthy betta likes to swim around the tank a lot.

If the tank is not big enough for it to move around freely, it will constantly try to escape. Other than this, you can also decorate your tank with enough plants to keep your betta entertained and out of boredom. 

If you are keeping multiple bettas in one fish tank, make sure it is big enough to house all the fishes together.

2. Clean The Water Inside Regularly

If you do not clean your tank regularly, you should start doing that. Cleaning and changing the water will allow your betta to live in a very healthy environment. It will stop trying to look for clean water out of the tank as well.

Changing 30-50% water is recommended, so try to do that at least once a week. This will allow the betta to have the clean water it is looking for. You should also clean the fish tank at least once a week. 

If you are keeping multiple fishes in one tank, you should ensure you are cleaning it regularly to stop ammonia build-up. If you are keeping matters that can decay into the water, then cleaning the gravel to get rid of that is a must.

3. Keep The Tank In A Very Clean Place

As I have said, the environment around the tank matters a lot. Always make sure you are keeping the tank in a very clean place. If there are a lot of flies around the tank, your betta might try to catch those. Be sure to keep your betta in a fly-free area. 

4. Try To Figure Out What It Is Stressed About

Bettas can be stressed about many things. One of the main reasons is not getting enough rest and sleep.

If your betta has a poor sleeping cycle, it will behave very jumpy and erratic. Make sure you are keeping your betta in a quiet place that allows it to rest properly.

Lights are another reason your betta might not be getting enough rest. A healthy betta needs at least 8 hours of rest for it to function properly. Be mindful of that as well. It is important that you keep the lights off at night so that your betta can get a good sleep.

5. Keep An Eye On Your Betta

If your betta is just an overactive one then it might be a good idea to always keep an eye on it. If that is not possible for you, then cover the top of your tank to ensure its safety.

This might be the best solution if your betta does not stop jumping out of the tank. An average betta fish can jump up to 3 inches or more out of water. This is why it is important to stop your betta from jumping out of the tank as soon as possible, or it might end up hurting itself.

However, before you resort to this, make sure you have tried all the other things on the list.

If your betta does not stop jumping out of the tank after all this, then it is just an overactive one and no underlying issues are causing this behavior. 

Why Is My Betta Fish Jumping At Night?

Several reasons are responsible for the such unusual behavior of betta fish. As mentioned before, betta fish may try to jump out of the water due to environmental inconsistency, poor water quality, predators, stress, etc.

If your betta fish jump at night, it may want to escape from the tank. The triggering factors may make your betta fish stressed, which can lead to jumping out of the tank.

Generally, betta fish remain active in the daytime and sleep at night. If there’s a reflection of lighting into the water of your betta fish tank, your betta fish may get shocked. Out of the shock, betta fish may jump at night. For this reason, you should add a lid to your betta fish tank.

What To Do If Your Betta Has Escaped From The Tank

This is a very scary thing that can happen to your betta. As it is a fish, it is quite a general thing to know that a betta will not survive out of its tank for a long time. This is the worst-case scenario that you should be prepared for if you have a very jumpy and active betta who just likes to jump out of the tank.

Keeping an eye on your overactive betta is a must. I have mentioned this before as well, if it keeps jumping out of the tank, then you should cover the tank when you are not around. If you find out your betta has escaped, start looking for it immediately.

A betta can’t survive without water for more than 10 minutes. Its gills will slowly start to dry, which will hinder its breathing. Your betta will not just lie around on the floor, and it will struggle quite a lot as it is no longer under water.

To improve the gill function of your betta, you can add a little amount of aquarium salt to the tank. If your betta is lying at the bottom of the tank, then do not worry. It is just resting. Allow it to rest for a while and it will be just fine. Contacting a veterinarian is a great idea as well.

In Conclusion

There you have it. Everything you need to know about why is your betta jumping out of the tank.

Bettas are one of the most unique fishes ever. Maintaining a healthy life for your betta is not that hard. You just need to keep an eye on your betta and its movements and you will be able to prevent any sort of mishaps from happening while taking care of your betta properly.

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