Betta Fish are smarter than you think!

Last Summer, my son, Tyler convinced me that he HAD to get a Betta fish. What brought it on was seeing some poor, tiny Bettas at the local Wally world. I told him about my Aunt Lorraine’s fish (Mr. Fish) who had learned in a week that I was now the one feeding him and started to do what I considered “tricks”, at least for a fish!

You see, Aunty was feeling poorly, and I stayed with her for abit while we were in the middle of selling one property and buying another, and feeding the fish was something I could do for her. I fed Mr. Fish at the same time every day, and withing a week he would come up to my hand as I put the food down on the top of the water.

I had had a Betta once before, and it had lived happily in a planted vase on top of the fridge for several years before going on to fishy heaven.

But Mr. Fish lived in a big tank right at eye level, and he could see me coming with the food. So, as time went on, he’d see me coming over to sit down beside him, and he’d mosey over to see if it was actually feeding time.

Then, as he figured out what time the food came, he’d actually put his head up out of the water to wait.

Now, I’ve got to say that I’ve had all kinds of pets in my life, and I just didn’t expect Mr. Fish to be all that smart. I don’t think I actually expected him to do much of anything except swim around and look beautiful (which he did really well).

So, the first time he actually jumped out of the water and bumped my fingers as I was feeding him, I was REALLY startled! And when he started doing this EVERY TIME I fed him, that was a shocker!

After all, he’s got a brain the size of a grain of rice?

So, when I told my hubby on the phone that Mr. Fish was doing tricks, he told me I was full of sh**! I said “Wait till you come home this weekend!”

Mr. Fish did not disappoint, and my husband, who’s also had many pets, was suitably impressed.

Anyway, all that to lead into our Betta, “Rico”, rescued from a tiny cup of water and now living comfortably in a ten gallon tank. He was red, white and blue when we got him, but now he’s about three times as big and all blue.

We have a plan to possibly acquire a female to keep him company, but we’re waiting until the weather warms up to get that going. I know that we’ll have to keep her separated for a while, so he doesn’t beat her up trying to get her to lay eggs and mate before she’s ready.

But for now, he’s pretty content to do his ‘piranha’ act whenever I feed him!

If you’re interested in Betta fish, purchase “My Betta Journal” at    https://amzn.to/2QZy7H4

It’s full of Betta facts, trivia and even a few fishy quotes to get you thinking and being grateful for our pets and mindful of how much joy they bring into our lives!

As always, comments, questions, and criticisms are welcome! Feel free to email me at FlamingPurpleJellyfish@gmail.com anytime!!

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