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Old 09-17-2011, 04:40 PM   #1 
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How to keep your Betta entertained with fun games!

Hello, we all wish our fish could do a trick or at least play with us at least once, right?

Well, now we can!

Training your Betta-

Yes, Betta fish CAN be trained! Both mine are.

It is simple really, the same way you would train a dog. But instead of scolding them when they do wrong, you reward them with a VERY snall treat when they do right! Bettas will learn to jump, follow your finger, swim through a hoop, and about anything else you can think of!

Toys-

Betta fish LOVE toys! But what toys can you give a Betta fish? Actually, there are a ton of toys for Bettas!

A mirror is a great toy, Betta fish get excersize from flaring, it is fun for them! Only leave it in there for a few minutes, though.

Ping Pongs balls provide great fin for a betta! Betta fish love pushing them around, hitting it out of the tank, and knocking it up bit!

Betta fish love to hide in stuff, so hiding decor is great for them!

Hanging with you-

Betta fish actually really like to interact with their owners! Just talking to them or playing with them would be great for them, every Betta should at least get daily interaction.

Post any other fun stuff you and your Bettas do!

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Old 09-17-2011, 04:47 PM   #2 
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great ideas! thanks!
my boy loves to swim through my fingers.. i cant believe how not shy he is..i had him for 4days now and he seems to know me pretty well already
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Old 09-17-2011, 04:49 PM   #3 
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Haha! Sounds cute! My Bettas like to be pet and held. O.e

I don't recommend it though. It might stress some Bettas out.
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Old 09-17-2011, 09:35 PM   #4 
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You can make your betta jump be following the following steps:Wet your finger,next use a dry finger and pick a pellet and put on wet hand.Next put close to water.Last do not FREAK OUT BT THE FISH JUMPING ON YOU!
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Old 09-18-2011, 11:31 AM   #5 
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It is simple really, the same way you would train a dog. But instead of scolding them when they do wrong, you reward them with a VERY snall treat when they do right!
You don't scold a dog when training =P

Also for a toy, the plastic that holds the cap to a milk carton works good, just clean it first =)
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Old 09-18-2011, 12:09 PM   #6 
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You know, I've tried the Ping-Pong thing....not even my most playful boys ever took to it. They would stare at it for a while, then ignore it, maybe build a nest around it, but never actually played with it O.o
I did once train one of my CTs to swim through a hoop....that was fun xD Now that I have way too much time on my hands, maybe I should try it again....

One of my favorite things to do though is simply train them to eat from my hand....I know, I'm so unoriginal xD It can take a little while, depending on the fish, but I find it fun and quite helpful when feeding bloodworms so I can give them juuuust the right amount, you know?
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Old 09-24-2011, 07:44 PM   #7 
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Everyone know why a betta fish attack finger?My female attack me!I don't feed food on finger!?
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Old 09-24-2011, 08:12 PM   #8 
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Great ideas, everyone!

Brensn- I think they jump for food. When I was doing my daily inspection of the Betta tank he was in my way, (He follows my finger at will) so I made him go over so I could see, and I was wiggling it to keep him focused, next thing I know he's hanging on my finger! Silly boy.
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Old 09-25-2011, 11:32 AM   #9 
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I guess she saw me holding the food everytime...
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Old 09-25-2011, 11:35 AM   #10 
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Problably.

I think any Betta will jump if they know their owner has food. So if you want him or her to jump, let them know! Yuuki will jump through a hoop now.
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