I think it's an instinct that they've inherited from the wild Bettas who live in those huge rice patties and dine on mosquitos flying near the surface so they will jump as part of their nature - the other day, impatient Aslan jumped up & nipped my wife's hand while she was measuring out his food and apparently not getting his breakfast in the tank fast enough to suit him. I've heard a lot of people train their bettas to do things like jump up to eat food off a finger or even jump thru a little hoop. It is cute and shows their ability to learn, but it also gives you a chance of waking up that jumping instinct and waking up to a dried-out Betta behind the furniture or on the floor, etc. They can live a little while breathing air thanks to their air labyrinth (the fish guy at our LFS had one that made it halfway down the hall before being found and put back in his tank) but it's still a pretty short time. Even knowing that, it's hard to resist the urge to teach our Bettas to jump on command (or on promise of food ).Isabella said:Wow, I didn't know Bettas are such acclaimed jumpers! LOL What's even more interesting, I didn't know you can actually teach a Betta to jump! How do you do that?
He'll need a little bit of a hole to let air in while covered but that sounds good.BettaBuddy said:thank you all for your concern but i have a lid with no holes and he only jumps when i tell him and he ABSOLUTLEY refuses to jump if the lid isn't there. its so cute too!!! Miley