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Something Fishy

on May 28, 2012

Have you ever had a fish as a pet and thought, gee, you’re lazy? Or have you imagined your fish being capable of so much more than just swimming ’round and ’round the bowl, with the occasional detour through the fake castle or the fake volcano? Well, check this out. I first saw it on Fab.com – it’s the R2 Fish School: the complete kit to teach your fish amazing tricks. Uh huh.

Your Fish School kit comes with an instructional DVD, over 20 training bits, feeding wand and an instructional manual. Crikey, sounds complicated. But it would be worth it to see your fish performing cool feats to impress your family and friends. Wouldn’t it?

Apparently Dr Dean and his son Kyle developed this idea while they pursued their peculiar hobby of training fish to perform tricks. Yes, really. They found out that fish are smarter than we think, so they got in cahoots with the good people of R2 Solutions and – hey presto, the Fish School was born.

According to the Fish School website, “it is easy and fun to teach your pet fish to swim through hoops and tunnels, do the limbo, eat from your hand – even play soccer!” And if you want proof, the website has video footage of “Fish School graduates” doing their thing. Just don’t expect them to be wearing little fish caps and gowns.

They also have a web cam on poor Comet, a goldfish that is currently in training. Not for the fish Olympics, but to beat the current world champ of fishy tricks (yes, there’s a Guinness World Record for it) – Albert the goldfish, who has even appeared in a TV commercial.

For more info, you can check out Dr Dean’s Fish School website, or buy the kit for your fishy friend from R2 Solutions here.

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4 responses to “Something Fishy

  1. Sparks – do you ever think that perhaps some people have too much time on their hands? I have always thought that fish were kind of the ‘Claytons’ pet – the pet you get when you’re not really getting a pet. If you were going to spend all this time training them, wouldn’t you just get a dog? (I do admit to a certain level of bias here! :-))

    • Although, dogs may not be practical for those with allergies or in small apartments giving those left with a fish the ability to feel that they too feel that they too can have a more meaningful interaction! 🙂

      • Bella says “get a poodle”! – great for allergy sufferers, no shedding, intelligent, love cuddles AND no problem in an apartment!

        • Cate says:

          Haha, I agree that it seems like a lot of effort (and equipment!) to train a goldfish. Though I’m sure that it would bring a tear to any proud fish trainer’s eye to see that first goal scored! 😉

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