Originally Posted by themountain
Well I am new here , even so I have fishes for at least 15-20 years now its beyond me to give a tropical fish a name ...let alone to fantasize about it that he is responding to it
To be a passionate fish keeper is fine with me, but everything has its limits and thats plain crazy, sorry!
I don't think it's nice to call passionate pet owner's crazy. Or is that to say you are putting down the intelligence and ability to understand of tropical fish?
Because their communication skills and ability to be trained and learn from us are greater than you might think. To be honest, it's not the least bit crazy, and is quite possible. What's crazy is to think that they are unable to recognize training of a physical or vocal nature. With patience, you can train him to respond to his name by saying it loudly and clearly only when you are going to feed him/her, and with time you only feed them after they come to the front of the tank after saying this name (or specific word, specific motion, etc). There are some people in this forum who have taught their bettas to jump for their food or do some simple tricks.
Now if you want to call someone crazy for thinking their betta just understood the depth of a 1500s poem that was just read to them, THEN I'll agree with you