Rescaped Arp’s tank yesterday! I’m trying to find a balance between as-many-plants-as-I-can-fit and Leaving Viable Swimming Room, and I think I’m getting there! She keeps disappearing into the back, but there’s still plenty of swimming space between plants.
Placing a book/picture/art in front of their tank for awhile ((make sure it’s about the same brightness inside and outside the tank so they can see without the glass making a mirror))
Use a straw to blow bubbles in the water
Show them videos on your phone! (I showed my girl laser pointer videos for cats, and videos of males flaring and she was really into it) (( it might make it easier to see if you turn their light off))
Blow hard on the waters surface to make a little divot/ripples
Get them to jump by getting your finger wet, sticking food to it, then holding it just above the water. This can create a habit of them jumping when you’re near so watch for that
Use a small clear container and offer for them to swim into it. If they do you can lift them out of the tank for a few seconds then gently let them back out, and repeat a few times. Don’t force them into the cup
I was wondering if any of y’all had any suggestions for betta enrichment. My boy’s very active, he’ll chase me around and go for leaves I run along the surface, but I want him to have something to do when I’m away too.
Suggestions, articles, et cetera, are appreciate.
My girl likes those colorful plastic ice cubes (you can get a bag of ~20 at dollar tree, if you have them where you live). She also likes going on rides in the cup she came in – She’ll swim into it and I can gently bounce her up and down before tipping her back in, or sit her by the window for just a minute. You can also turn the lights out and put live food in (I use mosquito larvae) and then it takes a bit for them to hunt them all