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OrandaLover
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Betta Tricks!
« on: August 16, 2010, 09:25:34 AM »

I have a male betta that I haven't named yet - his body is a light-red, from the side his fins are blood-red and from the top they are purple. Quite interesting. He's really affectionate, and I usually hand-feed him. As of late, I've been trying to teach him some tricks. For example, I've taught him how to jump halfway out of the tank (not all the way, as he might be tempted to do that when I'm not around!) and I'm trying to teach him how to flare on command, and go through a hoop. Should be successful.

Has anyone here done this before with bettas or another kind of fish? Please comment, and give tips if you can! Thanks!

I'll post pictures of my betta doing tricks soon!
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nabi
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Re: Betta Tricks!
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2010, 09:12:57 AM »

I think fish can be taught to do tricks if you're patient enough. I've seen videos of goldfish doing tricks so  bettas can probably be trained to do the similar things.

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Re: Betta Tricks!
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2010, 10:56:20 AM »

Cool! I've been thinking about doing something like that. My goldfish are feeding from my hand occasionally, so it might work!
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Re: Betta Tricks!
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2010, 06:55:45 PM »

I wish i could teach my fish that!!
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Re: Betta Tricks!
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2010, 06:08:16 PM »

goldfishluver12 - you can! Fish do anything for food - as long as your keep their training sessions short and don't feed them too much.
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Re: Betta Tricks!
« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2010, 03:45:07 PM »

That is very cool!  I liked the video! Smiley
I have a betta named buddy and he flares at me and then I treat him.  I always laugh when he does this.  He looks like those mean dinosaurs on jurassic park when he flares LOL! When his gill flaps flare out he makes me laugh I don't know why, I guess such a small creature trying to be so ferocious!!! Wink
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Re: Betta Tricks!
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2010, 03:33:27 AM »

Them bettas are so fierce! Cheesy I would love having one Smiley

How does it work? Does a betta bowl need any special lighting? When considering plants and the like? Smiley
Still find that the biOrb may be a bit big for just one betta d:
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Re: Betta Tricks!
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2010, 04:20:39 AM »

I love to give them much space to swim, like Barbarossa is now in a 20l tank with 6 Rasboras and 2 Corydora Panda, Plants and a tree trunk with hiding places. Bettal love to hide or sit on plant leaves.
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Re: Betta Tricks!
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2010, 10:47:51 AM »

Nossie,
I have bamboo in my betta bowls.  They don't need any direct light or very little.
I have a peace lily in my betta bowl in the kitchen. It needs more light than the bamboo but not too much direct light. Bamboo and peace lilys are easy keepers. Cheesy  If you put regular aquarium plants in a betta bowl then you would need some direct light.
I think your biorb would look great as a betta bowl! Smiley
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Re: Betta Tricks!
« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2010, 10:54:27 AM »

I have this book on bettas and the author is from Michigan.  He is a well known betta breeder.
He kept hundreds of bettas in restaurant drinking glasses!  Shocked  Well I mean 1 to a glass Roll Eyes
He said that one time a male and female betta jumped out and in a small puddle on the floor they were when he found them.
He also found eggs.  The bettas had spawned in the puddle on the floor. Shocked
I guess in thailand Betttas are puddle jumpers.  When the drought hits they jump from puddle to puddle as they dry up.
I think bettas are amazing! Smiley
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Re: Betta Tricks!
« Reply #10 on: October 20, 2010, 04:11:40 PM »

Wow, sounds awesome! Smiley
I think it'd be wonderful to keep a betta in those other biOrbs, those slightly smaller, I believe they were around 4-5 gallons Smiley And they can have all kinds of cute colors on those plastic edges and whatnot Smiley Not to mention that awesome moonlight lamp that will for sure make plants thrive! Smiley

Nah, I've gotta think about it Wink For now I don't have space anyway xD But it's always interesting to hear some things about bettas Smiley They are interesting and beautiful fish Smiley
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Re: Betta Tricks!
« Reply #11 on: October 20, 2010, 07:02:19 PM »

Actually, if you have a community tank big enough to add another fish, you can add a betta to it. Just make sure the other fish are not very nippy and won't bite the betta's long flowing fins. If you want to keep one, keep 1 male or 1 female (if you want to keep more than one female in the same tank, you have to keep at least four so that they can develop a "sorority" and won't pick on each other.)
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Re: Betta Tricks!
« Reply #12 on: February 27, 2011, 11:10:55 AM »

The tricks sound intersting. One question,how do you plan to teach the betta to flare on command?
That might be a trick I want to try with Blaze! Cheesy
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Re: Betta Tricks!
« Reply #13 on: March 19, 2011, 01:49:05 PM »

I don't think that's possible...? But if you want him to flare, annoy him Tongue

However, I don't think that's very nice to the fish. They flare when they feel threatened, so I wouldn't want my fish to feel threatened on command.
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