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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-16-2012, 12:26 AM Thread Starter
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Betta's Hear Music??

I was just curious because as a classically trained opera singer and being in a metal band I tend to sing a lot to practice. I seem to be like Snow White because my rats and cat always have come up to me when I practice singing and lately Aquarius is starting to do the same. He swims to the front of his tank and watches until I stop. Sometimes he does it when I play some of my music I listen to as well like Nightwish. Really loves the Oceanborn CD ironically xD. It just makes me think through all that water can they hear things outside the tank clearly? Or is he simply just watching what I am doing and incapable of hearing music?

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Betta hear perfectly well. Don't know how much they appreciate music, though. You might experiment and observe.

They can be trained come when called. Ask me how I know.
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Sound travels through water. So betta fish do hear.
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Betta hear perfectly well. Don't know how much they appreciate music, though. You might experiment and observe.

They can be trained come when called. Ask me how I know.
How do you train them? I can only tell my betta to stop and go.
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Two out of my four will ignore me until they hear me call them. It's in the intonation, I'm sure. I can talk anywhere around them, but they don't respond energetically until I call (sing) their name.

I just tried it. They respond to the pitch...the notes.
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OMG this is rather cool that they can be trained to come when called.

Aquarius seems to 'enjoy' calmer music over metal. I think maybe metal music is too harsh with the high hats and druming but Nightwish and Epica are mild enough for him. He swims to the front of his tank when i play opera music though and seems like he is listening to it with me. He especially seems to like nature and Celtic, maybe because it's lighter on the ears and more calm? The song Dovahkin from Skyrim woke him from a dead sleep and he swam over to the front of his tank. This is pretty damn cute stuff he is doing.

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I tried training my betta like a dog: say something and when she does it I give her a treat. Believe it or not it actually worked!

I did try the pitch. my betta responds to high pitches.

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I was just going to post about Bettas and music until I saw this thread.

Today, when I got back from work, I started to play my guitar, which I haven't done in a while. I noticed that Lex got super excited when I started playing... at least I hope it was excitement and not him going crazy or mad at me. At one point I started to play a lullaby and he actually went towards his sleeping spot and stayed still for a few seconds, until I messed up. I thought it was pretty funny and cute. I haven't played music from computer, so I don't know how he would respond to the different type of music yet. I hope we enjoy the same genre. haha
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Lil Sano watches me play piano. Sometimes he wiggles his little butt just a bit :)
He also enjoys when I go on youtube and listen to stuff. He likes watching T.V with me, especially The Big Bang Theory. lol
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I wonder if there is music and sounds betta prefer over others. I would be interested in finding this out and writing a special album for my fishy boy.

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