so i stumbled on a wonderful idea... teaching your bettas tricks! i found it yesterday, and i have already started working with both of my bettas with some success. my little girl will now jump out of the water and take a pellet off of my finger (i stuck it on by dipping my finger in the water). my boy is learning how to follow my finger all around the tank (for some fish it comes naturally, but for him it doesnt, so were working on it) :) i think it is an awesome idea to teach your betta, or any fish willing to learn, because its a good workout, and they need the stimulation. it keeps the little guys from being bored. (it was also great to kinda show off to people in my family who thought fish were boring or dull. take that! lol)
some of the other tricks i found were flaring on command and swimming through a hoop, both of which are way harder to teach, but so cool. :)
another cool thing you can do is put toys in the tank (little mirrors, something that floats that they can push around (im going to give them a cork to play with), and if you have a bare bottom, a marble=soccer!) and if you have nothing to put in the tank, decorate outside of it. a colorful stuffed animal, something shiny, anything they can explore and investigate. and when you clean their tanks, move the decorations around a bit, mix it up. maybe take one out and rotate a different one in. im sure they will appreciate a little change in scenery now and then :)
i never knew before i owned one how interesting and smart bettas are. so, how do you keep your betta entertained?