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Old 08-11-2012, 08:22 PM   #1 
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Training your betta?

So! I've heard that a lot of people train their bettas to swim into their cups for water changes and such, and I was curious how they train them to do so?

Also, if you guys have any other neat things you've taught your betta to do, to keep them stimulated what have you done?
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Old 08-11-2012, 10:09 PM   #2 
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So! I've heard that a lot of people train their bettas to swim into their cups for water changes and such, and I was curious how they train them to do so?

Also, if you guys have any other neat things you've taught your betta to do, to keep them stimulated what have you done?
There are several fish training videos on YouTube including a how to train your betta thread.

Check out r2fishschool.com to see the Guinness World Record best trained goldfish.

Thus far my ct girl bettas have learned to follow their little red feeding wand in figure 8s, to jump and to do obstacle course stuff.

Next week I want to start "go through the hoop" training with a pipe cleaner.

But I gotta get the plants into substrate first!
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Old 08-11-2012, 10:19 PM   #3 
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That's really neat! I'm still curious about how people train their bettas to enter the cups, though! lol
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Old 08-11-2012, 10:22 PM   #4 
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That's really neat! I'm still curious about how people train their bettas to enter the cups, though! lol
Food, my fellow friend, food. I think. xD
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I have some general idea on how I could do it... Using food, of course xD
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Old 08-11-2012, 10:32 PM   #6 
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I haven't trained my bettas to swim to the cups..but practice with food, sometimes they just don't go for it, but in time they will..if you hold food until w/c time and put it the cup..yup they will swim right in..then turn the cup up..and there in..:)
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lol I kinda figured! When I get my new little guy/gal tomorrow I plan on using a cup more than the net, net's are so iffy.
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Old 08-12-2012, 07:06 AM   #8 
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Aokashi ONLY feeds her fish in their cups. She has no problem getting them in there.
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Old 08-12-2012, 07:29 AM   #9 
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All my fish are trained to come to the front of the tank when I tap on the glass. If I want to catch them, I just use my tweezers with some frozen food and guide the fish into the cup. Since bettas tend to be pigs, it is pretty easy to get them to follow the tweezers into the cup, and then they are caught with minimal stress.
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As soon as I drop a net in the water, most of them have no problem swimming inside.

Any time you do a water change, after you put them in the new container, give them a little food reward. Mine seem to remember so it keeps them well behaved.

Only the halfmoon male is reluctant to go in nets because he knows I may move him to a smaller container. He's eaten 3 dozen of his tankmates by now. The only things he won't bother are snails. Shrimp/fish/fry virtually anything that's pellet size is food to him.
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