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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-08-2010, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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Stressless water changes!

Well I have finally taught Chance how to swim into his cup so he doesn't get all stressed while I chase him around to get him in the cup. I would dangle my fingers in the opening so he would swim in and then I'd quickly scoop him up so he couldn't panic and swim back out. I'd feed him once he was in the cup. I did this everyday, whether or not I was changing his water. Now he just swims right in! I dip the cup in, he swims in, I scoop him up, feed him, and he waits very patiently until I'm done! Ta da! No stressful water changes!
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-08-2010, 02:59 PM
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Great Job! Folks in here are really knowledgable and inventive... I intend on using this AND other ideas from this website...Thanks!
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Thank you! It wasn't really that hard, because he associates my fingers with food, so when I put them in the cup he swam after them. Good luck with your fish!
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I need to start doing this with Demetri. I used to do it religiously with all my new fish but have gotten bad in the past months (spring semester for ya :-p). Demetri gets REALLY stressed when he gets cupped.. more so than any fish I've ever had.

Jasper, Phoebe, and Chaos (the newest fish) are all fine with being cupped, although I have to worry about the PKs because they are jumpers!

I need to clean Demies tank today anyways so I guess I should get started

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It works. I do this with Tango every day and he goes in with no fuss. It helps if you teach them to eat from your hand too. They're SO smart. Fish always amaze me. I have my dwarf puffer eating from tweezers now so there's less mess. They can learn things way faster then people give them credit for.

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Yeah, Chance will eat off my finger as well. They amaze me how intelligent they are. I mean, of course they aren't Einstein or anything but for a fish, they're very smart and they learn fast! I don't take my other 3 out when I change their tanks, they're pretty much chill when I vacuum the gravel out so I figure it would be pointless for me to take them out. I need to train them though, since my last day of school is May 4th...
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Nochoramet, that is smart!

You are well on your way to becoming a betta fish pro!(If you aren't already!)
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:D Yay! I'm trying, it's definitely a lot to learn, and even the pro's have problems, i'm sure. But hey, you gotta start somewhere! And thank you!
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i net mine then get em in a cup fast haha they dont like being chased with a cup lol however, when i dip the net in, they swim right in :D
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post #10 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-08-2010, 06:42 PM
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Got demetri in the cup Fed him and now he's sitting in there. Gonna do his WC then put him back in and give him a FD blood worm

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