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Old 04-09-2010, 02:20 PM   #11 
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My Cielo pretends to be a cory. He LOVES eating off the ground, especially when he had large pebbles on the bottom rather than gravel. I don't have snails or shrimp, so I don't know where he got this idea :) He'll eat from the top too, and jump up, but also likes to scrounge.

All of my other guys jump, especially if they think I am taking too long. My yellow guy, Bumble gets a good 2-3 inches of air. It's actually pretty scary. I keep thinking he's going to jump out at feeding time.
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Old 04-09-2010, 03:15 PM   #12 
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My fish loves to catch the food as it falls. He'll eat it off the gravel, too. I don't even know where that eyesight comes from.
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Old 04-09-2010, 04:17 PM   #13 
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Well, they're predators so I think it's natural for them to 'hunt'. Mine do it pretty much all day. I see them cruising the bottom looking around for stuff, they look in the plants too. Tango is the best at it. I've seen him find tiny pieces of the cory pellets all over the place. The corys don't seem to 'see' their food but Tango can spot it right away. Which is why he is fed in a breeders trap. Unfair advantage! :P

@DCbettagirl: Try frozen mysis shrimp. Mine LOVE them. They float for a lil bit too, which is nice.
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Old 04-09-2010, 07:34 PM   #14 
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Mine will do ANYTHING for food!!!!!!!

I taught Ivy to jump through a hoop. Don't believe it? I'll video tape it sometime. :)
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Old 04-09-2010, 09:20 PM   #15 
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xxabc I call on thee!!! I got my Peter to jump!!! I have to presoak his food so it sticks to the tip of my finger when its ready. Well i hold it just above the water and he jumps about head to gill length out of the water and gets it!! He got it on the 2nd try!!! I was like WOW... they can be really aggressive when getting their good lol. He even nipped my bare finger as to say "HEY GIMMIE MORE" lol How do you guys hand feed your bettas without the food sticking to your finger like i do? Like my fingers are not small enough to hold a pellet to where they can grab it. Like i do not have to presoak for matthew, so i am not sure how i could hand feed him pellets. The FD BW's are easy though =]
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Old 04-09-2010, 10:33 PM   #16 
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I hold it between my index and thumb just under the water. They're quick enough to snatch it from me. I got used to being bit. I used to freak out. Tango would 'hit' me when I was vacuuming and it's a little unnerving when you're not looking and you feel that sudden bite.
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Old 04-09-2010, 10:52 PM   #17 
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haha this thread is great!!!

My betta jumps out of the water for his food as well (sometimes will eat falling food but never from the ground). He is not interested in anything at the surface unless my hand is guiding him to it....i used to think he couldnt see very well....now i know hes after my finger! The first time he made contact i was amazed! He nipped my finger nail....freaked me out!! Now he chases my finger around the surface of the water like he is a big bad shark.........as soon as i put a mirror by him.......he swims away!! not much of a predator! LMAO CRACKS me up!!!
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Old 04-10-2010, 03:15 AM   #18 
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Jasper waits until his food starts to sink and he will zoom over and catch it before it falls.
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Old 04-10-2010, 11:24 AM   #19 
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Thanks Vaygirl! I'll definitely try the frozen mysis shrimp--lets hope she's not scared of those... :) I'm also now motivated to try to get her to jump for her food.

Doggyhog--definitely get a video of Ivy jumping through hoop--I'd love to see that!
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Old 04-10-2010, 02:36 PM   #20 
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okay, that's it.
I want a betta now. lol.
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