Do betta fish like to be touched?

No, betta fish don’t like to be touched. Most bettas are easily spooked and might get aggressive when touched. Additionally, touching betta fish can endanger their well-being. When you touch them, you might accidentally remove their natural slime coating. This will make them more prone to certain diseases and infections. You might even introduce harmful bacteria to the tank by accident.

Even though you can’t pet them, there are other ways to bond with your bettas. Try calling them by name during mealtimes and set aside five to ten minutes each day to play with your bettas.