Zoo Med Floating Betta Exercise Mirror

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About This Item


  • Patent pending floating mirror promotes natural territorial behaviors in bettas.
  • Provides an enriching activity that reduces boredom and supports healthy exercise.
  • Your betta will “exercise” his fins as he sees himself in the mirror every time he swims by.
  • Easy to use by simply submersing mirror in aquarium with a convenient floating ball to keep it in place.
  • No assembly is needed and is designed to be used daily for short periods of time.

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Questions & Answers

4 Customer Questions

Can I keep in the tank all time? Or is that unhealthy?
Answer by ChewyMay 15, 2018
This mirror can be used daily, but shouldn't be in the tank 100% of the time.

Is there a chance this could stress the fish out?
Answer by ChewyDec 27, 2018
This exercise mirror can stress your betta if left inside their home for more than 5 minutes at a time, one or twice per day.

hello! i have two black moore goldfish living in a 30 gallon tank. i was wondering if this was suitable for them? i wanted something for them to play with. if not, i would love to know something else they might enjoy.
Answer by ChewySep 26, 2019
The Betta Exercise mirror can be used with a goldfish but it will not get the same result as when used with a Betta. Goldfish are community fish and can be housed together. A Betta on the other hand is solitary and will fight with other fish it sees. The mirror shows them another fish which causes them to flare up and display.

My Betta fish, Tony, seems to love this toy. Is it ok to leave it in longer than 5 minutes? I've been doing 10 sometimes 15 minutes because he has so much fun with it. When I take it out, I lay it next to his tank and he swims down to stare at it!!
Answer by ChewyMay 26, 2020
The Betta mirror should only be used for 5 minutes at a time. It shows the Betta another male and causes him to flare up at it. If you leave it in longer than 5 minutes it can stress the Betta out and cause health issues.

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58 Customer Reviews

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Cindy on Jun 19, 2023

Shame On the People Who Developed This

Anyone who knows anything about bettas knows that they become stressed when they see another male betta. When bettas were first introduced in the US, you could buy betta tanks with mirrors built in so the betta stayed flared all the time. This is terrible for your fish and causes extreme stress. Don't buy it!

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By HM on Jun 22, 2023

Anyone who buys this hates their fish

Bettas on research and owners know this is not a product to buy, but it will stress out your betta to the that it could hurt you or die. If you buy then you hate your betta or maybe didn't search right. Whatever it may be this product is for fish haters, not lovers.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By kristina123 on Jul 20, 2023


Encouraging your betta to flare is not a necessity, but it is a great way to exercise muscles they might not otherwise regularly engage. And it comes easy with this floating mirror!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Amanda on Mar 31, 2023

So cool to watch

I loved watching my betta play with his mirror! He circled it with his fins flared the entire time it was in the tank and went back to his normal state as soon as I took it out, its such a cool thing to be able to see without harming your betta.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Connie on Oct 8, 2022

Another betta might love it

This was suggested to me as a good way for my betta to exercise, so of course I bought it. I figured he'd flare and maybe push the mirror around a little, but nah. My little guy is probably the most mellow and non-aggressive betta ever. He ignored it completely. A less chill betta would probably find some use for it. I'm giving it five stars though since it seems to do what it's supposed to. Maybe my platies will like it? 🤔

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Jdawg on Feb 3, 2022

Lifted my betta's spirits

I was a little skeptical about this at first because most people who have seen a betta or owned one, knows if you hold a mirror up to them they will display, but so what? I've always thought it was just a parlor trick that mostly upset the fish but what I didn't think about was that it would be the equivalent of cardio-vascular exercise to a human. My betta had gotten kind of listless and spent a lot of time sitting on the bottom of the tank so I got this for him to try. It's going to sound strange perhaps, but it seemed to give him a renewed purpose! He is now much more active than he was and I've paired the 5 minute or less daily session with a treat food reward ("You scared him away again! Great job!"). I may be anthropomorphizing here but I think that the very occasional presence of this "foe" has given him something to defend and "care" about. At least that's how I explain it to myself. In any case, if you use this for like 5 minutes or less per day as the instructions recommend, it will be a beneficial time for your betta friend and you may just look forward to it as well!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By crystal on Feb 22, 2022

They love it

It works... Maybe a little too well lol. Just be careful with the after affects. My dominate female betta gets easily aggitated for awhile from using this and takes it out on others [mainly other bettas or male fancy tail guppies]. I only put it in the tank every other 2 days or more depending on the situation.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Lewis on May 15, 2022

Works pretty well

Works pretty well, but I think my betta gets a little too crazy with it

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By DontBuy1 on Jan 25, 2022

Bad for fish

Betta fish should not see their own reflection. Just like they shouldn't be with other betta fish. It causes them to attack the mirror and hurt themselves. Please do not buy this.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Ashley on Nov 29, 2021

Great exercise tool!

All three of my bettas love this mirror. It's a great way to get them to flare for exercise and be a little more active. Just PLEASE don't leave in for more than the recommended time as it can cause their gills to be stuck open.