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Old 05-18-2012, 09:37 PM   #1 
Arianna Hutcherson
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Hi there! I am relatively new here, so, what I really wanted to ask was... How do you teach your betta to do tricks? Blu (My male betta) looks lonely in his bowl, I really want to teach him tricks, he follows my finger when I'm going around OUTSIDE his bowl, but, when I move my finger on top of the water, he swims away from it. I want to teach Blu some tricks WITHOUT any special equipment, for example, jumping out of the water and grab food. Thank you!
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Old 05-18-2012, 09:41 PM   #2 
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First, I just put my finger about a half inch away from the water and wiggle it. this teaches him to jump. After a while, I hold a piece of flake food the same height away (pellet is impossible) and he lunges at the food and usually gets it.
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Old 05-18-2012, 09:52 PM   #3 
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Using Food reinforces the Behavior. My Betta would do ANYTHING for a Freeze-Dried Bloodworm. He would even follow it behind the Acrylic. It's so cute! Have you heard of the R2 Fish Training School? They trained a Goldfish to Swim through a Hoop, and even play Fetch! The only trick my Betta knows is Jumping for Food. I usually play chase with it first. Like, dragging the Bloodworm across the Surface for him to chase it ;) At the End, I give it to him, and he attacks it! Like literally, I guess he was mad. It's SO cute, though!
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Old 05-18-2012, 10:01 PM   #4 
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All of mine jump for food. And pellets aren't impossible. Just wet your fingertip with a little water from his tank and the pellet will stick to it. I do this for mine. They jump up and grab the food easily. The girls seem better at it then the boys, probably those big tails getting in the way.

I haven't tried any tricks with it, but all of mine like chasing after a laser pointer.. I bet with a little imagination you could teach him tricks with that, using food as reinforcement. Just don't overfeed him!
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Old 05-18-2012, 10:09 PM   #5 
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Hi Arianna, welcome to the forum!

In addition to what others already posted, I'd like to give you a link to our betta care sheet:

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/b...are-faq-20058/

He may look lonely for several reasons, but making sure he's healthy and happy is the first step to any trick training ;)
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Old 05-18-2012, 10:12 PM   #6 
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@LebronTheBetta Yes I've heard of it, and I have seen the videos, so cool! And thanks guys!
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Old 05-19-2012, 02:42 PM   #7 
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Yup food is the trick to...tricks!
I've taught my betta to swim into her own water change cup by only feeding it in that cup. Since I always do 100% water changes (half gallon) every day or every otherday, it cuts down time wasted chasing it around with a cup.

She has gotten so used to me invading her tank now. Some times i give her a bite off a piece of cooked shrimp, and we play tug of war.

Im still crushing her pellets since she's tiny, but I have no doubts that she will take food off my fingers without hesitation.

Edit: Oh and for boredom, I like to move her tank to different areas of my room. usually I place her next to my shrimp tank. its fun to watch her try to snap at the shrimps through the glass.

Other wise everyday, I'll give her a mirror to flare at :)

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Old 05-19-2012, 05:32 PM   #8 
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Your betta may be unhappy because hes in a bowl. Fish do not live in bowls.
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Old 05-20-2012, 02:07 AM   #9 
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A member here trained his betta with the R2 fish school kit. He has youtube videos of his fish Hercules being trained to do some of the tricks. Think there are 4 videos.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rA66N...eature=related

Not sure what happened to them, but it was the first time I ever saw the kit in use. I associate that kit with his fish :D
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Old 05-20-2012, 02:14 AM   #10 
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Your betta may be unhappy because hes in a bowl. Fish do not live in bowls.
Bowls can be suitable homes for bettas as long as they are heated and have more than a gallon capacity. :)
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