betta training

Discussion in 'Betta Fish' started by wonton55912, Mar 26, 2010.

  1. wonton55912Valued MemberMember

    has anyone here trained a betta?

  2. ShawnieFishlore LegendMember

    of course ;) mine vacuum once a week and cook dinner on fridays ;)

  3. wonton55912Valued MemberMember

    lol.... I am trying to teach Brian (my betta) to jump out of the water on command. i was wondering if i did this with a hand signal he would learn.

  4. redlessiWell Known MemberMember

  5. TigerfishyWell Known MemberMember

    Shawnie!!!! I wish mine would do that..., but I wouldn't trust them near the microwave, I would remove that to be safest!

    I think fishtroy has, but she's not been on in a few days. When she comes back, she'll see this (I'll point the thread out to her so she has a look, ok!)
  6. Gouramiguy17Well Known MemberMember

    I halfway trained my betta to jump thro a hoop I made out of a straw and she would but she wouldn't do it on hand signal.
  7. fishtroyWell Known MemberMember

    Hi! Yes, I have trained several of my bettas to do tricks.
    Hand signals are very effective. If you have an intelligent betta you can use hand signals and vocal commands and eventually remove the hand signals to make your betta respond to voice alone.
    I have not trained mine to jump out of the water, I would be a bit scared that the betta would practice the trick without me and fall out of their tank. But many have performed the trick on natural talent of their own accord! LOL.

    The other question is whether you are going to offer food rewards. I have never used food as a way to get my bettas to perform. They either do it for the love of learning and the love of me or they just dont. I used praise to reward my bettas and I ended up with attention junkies!

    What is your betta like? Does his personality show that he would like to learn? Has he displayed intelligence? I know that is takes a special kind of betta to learn tricks.

    If you have any questions feel free to private message me, I am always happy to help! :)
  8. DaveofTNValued MemberMember

    That is amazing, I never knew you could train a betta?!? Or are you guys kidding?
  9. I've never trained a betta.....but a betta has trained me !!!
  10. wonton55912Valued MemberMember

    my tank has a lid. i offer a tiny flake for rewards. he is a little agressive but will do anything for food if he is in the front of the tank
  11. fishtroyWell Known MemberMember

    How are you getting him to perform the trick? Do you have a method? Has he done it yet? Sorry to bombard you with questions but I'm trying to picture where you are at.

    DaveofTN: Yes, I am 100% serious. I have my Wonderfish Achilles on video. He was the smartest fish ever!
  12. cajunfibercoWell Known MemberMember

    You simply *must* share that video!!
  13. leeishomValued MemberMember

  14. TigerfishyWell Known MemberMember

    Well, I've asked to see that vid too, but she can't find it (she has many numbers of fishy vids it could be anywhere!). I have seen Achilles follow her finger round and about in fingers. He was in his water, she had her finger above the surface, no food, no fingers on the side of the tank, and he followed it round in circles, figures of eight, to each side of the tank... He never got bored like my boys do, he just kept going lol!!
  15. midthoughtWell Known MemberMember

    I saw this training kit the other day...the demo is for goldfish, but it's probably similar. Anyway, check out the video:  
  16. MartinismommyFishlore VIPMember

    I train my Betta's to balance their kids on their heads lol

    Attached Files:

  17. critter_fritter79Well Known MemberMember

    How precious! I love that pic!
  18. bolivianbabyFishlore LegendMember

    That is one of my all-time favorite pics! I love it!
  19. TigerfishyWell Known MemberMember

    I love that pic, how did you manage to get that!!!?? It's very sweet and shows you how tiny really they are at the start!
  20. MartinismommyFishlore VIPMember

    Just a lucky shot...

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