Bettas aren't the smartest things in the world but for fish they are relatively intelligent. They do tricks for food sure but I think motivation is a sign of smarts. But don't worry my dad is sort of the same. He doesn't verbally express this that much but he is mostly indifferent to bettas in cups. Ah well, I guess that is why I am taking care of the fish. Lol
Also, I think bettas definitely feel pain although probably not in the same way. Whenever one of my sorority girls get a nip from some meanie ol' alpha, they respond very quickly and move away. This demonstrates the concept of pain because althouh the fish don't wince or grimace, they obviously feel it and move away to prevent another attack. That is all pain is really for.
Last edited by LeoTheLakerBetta; 12-05-2012 at 06:49 PM.