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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 07-02-2012, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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Intelligence of bettas

Do you think betta's are smart or not? I think they are intelligent. For example, Pepsi first started to jump for food, and now Bambi is jumping for food.

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Omg, Yes, they are very smart..It's amazing that these fish can literally be trained..to watch your every move, and almost imitate you,..they know their names, they come when called..try that with any other fish..I doubt they will even look at you..lol..they jump for food,,

recognize another fish by picture, and video..just by watching things they seem to take in everything and work with it,, if you move a plant in thier tank, they immediately take notice..I am so amazed by what they can figure out, and what they learn!!! I love Betta's!!!

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I know, Romeo who I am sure is hurting because he bit his tail, is starting to come to the front to meet me. :)

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They certainly learn fast too, let me tell you my rescue, Sapphire, already knows his name, and responds like a dog, and when i call him he comes right out..regardless of getting food or not, and he is already taking food from my finger, and I only had him for 3 weeks..and he was so sick just 10 days ago, so much so I thought I was gonna lose him, and now looking at him every day..and gettin him used to us, the way I did with Sammy..It's soo cool, and I am like astonished that he is so talented!!!
Aww..I hope your lil Romeo..(love the name) gets better soon:)

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People think betta's are just stupid little fish. Makes me sad. Platies are intelligent too

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They are VERY intelligent, no doubt about that :)

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Eh, I don't want to burst bubbles but... they're not that smart. For their size, yes. But they are not super intelligent.

They come to the tank front because they see you as a food source. It's all about association of you and food. They do have personalities but not to the extent of higher intelligence animals. They do not have human emotion.

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They recognize us as a food source, that's intelligent. :P But really, I know they aren't super smart like cats and dogs

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Most fish will recognize their handler as a food source. I've never had a fish that didn't. Even the tetra. Don't get me wrong; fish are a lot more intelligent than most people give them credit, but they are far from Eisensteins.

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Most fish will recognize their handler as a food source. I've never had a fish that didn't. Even the tetra. Don't get me wrong; fish are a lot more intelligent than most people give them credit, but they are far from Eisensteins.
Exactly. They're much smarter than the mainstream thought but again no where near higher intelligence.

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