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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-08-2013, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
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Betta fish following finger

Does anybody Know how to make a betta fish follow your finger? I tried different methods but none work... And this is my first thread so please tell me if its in the wrong category

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usually, this comes naturally to bettas, so just place your finger (if he isnt shy) and slowly move it...dont forget to reward him with small amounts of bloodworms!

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usually, this comes naturally to bettas, so just place your finger (if he isnt shy) and slowly move it...dont forget to reward him with small amounts of bloodworms!
Tried that but he flicks away...still reward him though :)

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How long have you had him?
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Rin does this. But she's also 3.



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Over time they'll associate your finger with feedings. So they'll follow it around thinking its time to eat.
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How long have you had him?
2 1/2 weeks. he has a bubble nest covering half his tanks

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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-09-2013, 09:26 AM
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I usually pinch my betta's food between my fingers and dip just below the water surface constantly until he swims there before I release the food to him.

After a few days he learnt to follow my finger, and would even jump up and bite me if I didn't give him his food!
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Most Bettas are just shy at first, but I would try what inveritas said.

It takes some time for them to get used to your fingers. If he doesn't come to your fingers when they are under water with food, you can try putting the tip of your finger in the water and dropping a flake or pellet next to it so he can get used to your finger being there.
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