Originally Posted by Bethydan
I'm wanting fun ways to amuse and stimulate my bettas. I've heard about floating ping-pong balls in the tank and I'm going to try that after classes tomorrow. I regularly redecorate/rearrange their tanks with various things. To be honest, they're both too busy being adorable to hide in their caves, so hiding places doesn't seem to be a big priority for them. They're not shy. Magwitch likes having my finger to play with and chase, but he's a bit.... well.... he's a tiny dinosaur with fins. I fear for my finger's safety to say the least. :/ But I really enjoy interaction with them. I'm tempted to tie something to the end of a (safe) string and go "fishing" with Magwitch. :)
Well to start with, you don't have to worry at all about him hurting you when he bites you. I've never heard of it hurting or bleeding.. it's just surprising. But you should make sure your hands are clean before interacting with him.
As for toys, the ping pong ball is great. If you want to work on hunting skills, get some frozen bloodworms for him. Dangle a thawed one from a chopstick or pen and let the worm drag through the water. He'll have a lot of fun chasing it. Or jumping for it, if your tank setup is safe enough.
You could get a mirror. They're great for a workout! He'll see himself in the mirror and flair his gills, trying to scare himself. A few things to remember, though, is to only use the mirror for 5 mins or so at a time. Too much will stress him and might cause damage to his fins. And don't put it in the water unless it's designed to go in betta tanks. It'll work just as well outside the tank.