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Old 06-05-2012, 04:08 PM   #1
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How to Train Your Betta

I have had someone ask me how I trained my bettas their tricks, and I figured, why not let EVERYONE know my secrets! We will start small, and slowly work our way up the ladder to more complicated tricks. As I improve and develop new betta training techniques, I will keep you all updated! Each trick will be posted in a different thread.
The first, and easiest, trick is "come". Most bettas can very easily learn to immediately approach you whenever you step up to their tank. In fact, for those of you who have bettas, your fish can probably already do this trick! This trick is best learned by repetition, and remember to have patience with your fish, they are really smarter than you think.
STEP 1.) find some frozen blood-worms, brine shrimp, or some other tasty treat for bettas. Tear small chunks off, and approach the tank. Wait until the betta happens to swim over, or does anyway. many bettas usually learn this trick by themselves, knowing that when you step up to the tank, you are usually feeding them! Feed the treat.
STEP 2.) Step away from the tank, and repeat this excersize for 10 minutes straight.
STEP 3.)This trick is usually learned in one day, but once your fish learns it, continue to treat their good behavior with treats frequently or they will realize they aren't going to get anything and they will stop performing the trick!

Please comment below if you tried, or are going to try these techniques. I will answer any and all questions!
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HOW TO TRAIN YOUR BETTA 2-Circle/spin

I have had someone ask me how I trained my bettas their tricks, and I figured, why not let EVERYONE know my secrets! We will start small, and slowly work our way up the ladder to more complicated tricks. As I improve and develop new betta training techniques, I will keep you all updated! Each trick will be posted in a different thread.
If you are new to my series of How To Train Your Betta guides, please read the prior training guide first: "HOW TO TRAIN YOUR BETTA 1-Come"
Now on with the tutorial
This trick is moderately easy, though your fish probably wont be able to be taught to do this on command, and definitely not on verbal command. This trick is not natural for the betta, and it may take the betta anywhere from a week to a month to learn this trick, usually averaging around 2 weeks to learn, and 3 weeks to master.
Step 1.) Obtain some blood worms, brine shrimp, or other tempting treat for your betta. Rip these pieces into small, training size treats. Kind of like if you had a piece of cheese for a dog's training, you would break it into little bits.
Step 2.) Walk up to your tank, if your betta approaches the tank, performing the "come" trick, then reward him and continue training. Use tweezers (to hold the blood worm/brine shrimp) and the treat to maneuver your fish in a circular path. Reward after the circle is complete. If your fish has a hard time, start with just 1/2 circles and slowly work your way up to full circles.
Step 3.) continue this training exercise for 5 minutes, then take a 30 minute break. Bettas are like children, they have short attention spans, and low tolerance to long training sessions. Thankfully, it is easy to work around this.
Step 4.) SLOWLY switch from guiding them the whole way, to guiding them 3/4 of the way, to 1/2 of the way, to 1/4 of the way. 1/4 of the way is usually the least amount of guiding you can go, as fish do NOT respond to verbal commands. You could however try to train them to "circle" when you make a twisting circle motion with your finger above their water's surface.

I hope this helped you all!
Please comment below if you tried, or are going to try these techniques. I will answer any and all questions!
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This is hysterical! When I approach any of my tanks, food or not, all of my fish "come".

I'm going to hang around for the "sit, stay" lesson.
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Please keep all posts in this thread. Refrain from making new threads for each lesson.
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Old 06-05-2012, 04:41 PM   #5
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Please keep all posts in this thread. Refrain from making new threads for each lesson.
oh, ok, sorry I will
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This is hysterical! When I approach any of my tanks, food or not, all of my fish "come".

I'm going to hang around for the "sit, stay" lesson.
haha! I had a stay lesson prepared...cant figure out how to make those darn fish sit though!
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haha! I had a stay lesson prepared...cant figure out how to make those darn fish sit though!
What about in one of these?
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What about in one of these?
I actually have one of those....I will look into it and see if I can make a lesson for that. Right now I am working on a lesson for having your betta jump through hoops.
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Following! My son is excited.
This is sure to please "Red" as he will get treats.
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I have had someone ask me how I trained my bettas their tricks, and I figured, why not let EVERYONE know my secrets! We will start small, and slowly work our way up the ladder to more complicated tricks. As I improve and develop new betta training techniques, I will keep you all updated! Each trick will be posted here now, so subscribe and keep following!
If you are new to my series of How To Train Your Betta guides, please read the first training guide first: "HOW TO TRAIN YOUR BETTA 1-Come"
Now on with the tutorial
This particular lesson will teach you how to teach your betta to jump through a hoop. This trick is extremely hard for your betta fish to learn, and can be quite dangerous if not taught and executed correctly. Therefore, this trick is for experienced betta trainers who have at least already had complete success in training their betta to perform the "come" and "circle/spin" tricks. DO NOT TRY THIS WITH A DUMB BETTA!!!

STEP 1.) obtain a treat such as blood worms, brine shrimp, or some other tasty snack for Mr. Betta. Break these into small pieces as you did in the previous tutorials. Put a piece between a pair of tweezers.

STEP 2.) fashion a hoop out of a betta-safe material. Make sure there are no sharp edges, and the material wont harm a fish's water. I recommend using a soft, fake plant. Simply strip the plant of its "leaves" and fashion the main stem part into a circle (fasten it together with rubber bands, or just hold it together all of the time)

STEP 3.) put your jumping hoop completely inside the tank, and use the treat to coax the betta through the hoop. If your betta shies away from the hoop, try making the opening slightly bigger, or temporarily making it a half-circle, and slowly graduating to the full hoop. Practice having your betta swimming through the hoop (rewarding them each time they are successful) for 5 minutes. This particular trick is very hard for bettas to learn.

STEP 4.) wait 20-30 minutes in between each five minute training session. Nothing has changed since the first two lessons, your betta still has the same short attention span!!! In between each break, raise the hoop up about 5 cm. Do not perform more than 5 training sessions in one day, or you will end up with a very bloated betta.

STEP 5.) NEVER try to raise the bottom of the hoop more than 5 cm above the water's surface, or your betta could get stuck. NEVER skip a day of training, or you will LITERALLY have to start all over again! Start and end training at the same time every day, and never fear, your betta will eventually get it! I have had bettas learn this trick perfectly in as little as 1 week, and some have taken up to 1 month!

PLEASE NOTE:
I originally thought that male bettas would actually do better at this trick than the females, simple because of the stereotype that males are usually stronger than females, but found that to be far from the truth. The females were much quicker to learn and perfect this trick than the males, and here is what I believe to be why:
The females did better because their fins aren't as long as the males. Therefore they have less weight, and bulk to carry. This not only made them lighter, but also limited the possibility of their fins not making it all the way over the jump and them getting caught on the jump. Many of the males underestimated the size of their fins (a great trait until now ) and they were hung up on the jump because their fins didn't make it all the way over.

NO BETTAS WERE HARMED IN THEIR TRAINING FOR THIS TRICK!!!
to avoid disaster when training your fish, always keep in mind your fish's limits. Some bettas simply do not have the mental capacity to learn these tricks...so please understand if tricks and training aren't the best past time for your fish. NEVER force training on a fish that simply cannot do it!!!

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