Better to limbo under a stick than become one...
July 22, 2008 10:36 AM   Subscribe

See Nemo fetch. Want to train your comet to join the Comets? Your Shubunkin to do some dunkin'?

Goldfish training.

A school of fish or a school for fish? You be the judge.
posted by OhPuhLeez (10 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
For 3 Strange Days, I lost my motivation....
posted by Senator at 10:44 AM on July 22, 2008 [1 favorite]

Eventually they do the tricks on their own, and you don't need the wand.

Comet needs a thought bubble: "I've been doing this same thing like 40 times in a row, where's that damn stick with the food on it??!!"
posted by cashman at 10:45 AM on July 22, 2008

A more exciting, but possibly fake, goldfish video from TV.
posted by pwb503 at 12:00 PM on July 22, 2008

Squamous, definitely squamous
posted by fallingbadgers at 12:38 PM on July 22, 2008

That link to a school of fish is a actually a shoal.

"Shoaling is perhaps the most fascinating social behaviour possessed by fish, although most attention has been focused on the most spectacular aspect of shoaling: schooling. A School of fish often seems to have a mind of its own, moving in co-ordinated fashion through complicated manoeuvres with the members precisely spaced within it. A shoal is any group of fishes that remains together for social reasons, whereas a school is a polarised, synchronised shoal" (From Fishes, An Introduction to Ichthyology Fifth Edition by Peter B. Moyle and Joseph J. Cech, Jr.)

This may also be fake and/or exciting . Fish need vitamin B.
posted by Elmore at 1:48 PM on July 22, 2008

That's fantastic. Now I want to see a big aquarium full of guppies playing Quidditch!
posted by notashroom at 1:50 PM on July 22, 2008

Awe. Some.
posted by cherie72 at 2:14 PM on July 22, 2008

A video of a fish running through an agility course is incomplete without a little tiny diver running alongside urging it on.
posted by davejay at 2:22 PM on July 22, 2008

asavage, paging asavage.
posted by ShawnString at 5:36 PM on July 22, 2008

If you look closely, the fish in pwb's video are being dragged faster and more smoothly than their fins could be pushing them. I don't know if it's ever been confirmed, but it's at least widely hypothesized and denounced in the fishkeeping communities as showcasing fish who've had magnets implanted, or who've been induced to eat magnets (goldfish eat gravel, sometimes). Probably they didn't live very long after that video - it's pure cruelty.

Fish school is totally awesome, though, and I know of a few trained bettas, including one who scored her owner's young daughter an A on a science project! They're among the smallest fish who can be trained successfully, apparently. Never had a chance to try it myself. I've had one fish who I'm convinced was smart enough and of the right disposition to respond well to training, given that she figured out the laser pointer wasn't food the first time she "caught" it (never chased the thing again), but she passed away, sadly. Alas, poor Tiamat, I knew ye well.
posted by bettafish at 11:43 PM on July 22, 2008

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