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Pet(ting) Fish

By Leonard Ho - Posted Oct 29, 2014 09:00 AM
Fish are not regarded as interactive pets, but don't tell that to these guys. We have no scientific evidence that man-made hybrids are more friendly and engaging, but these videos make a convincing argument.

All fish have unique personalities, and some fish are simply more personable than others.  These three fish are as playful and interactive as fish get.

Please don't force your fish to play with you if it doesn't want to. It's stressful, dangerous for many fish (and sometimes for you), and just plain rude!  The fish in these videos clearly seek the interaction with their owners.

Blood Parrot

This is Roland Giroux's blood parrot, and it loves playing with his owner's hand and getting massaged.


Oranda Goldfish

Oranda are arguably the most personable variety of goldfish ever bred.  There are a whole bunch of videos of orandas playing with people's hands.  This video of "Sweet Pea" is the cutest we found.


Some of you may have seen this viral video earlier this year.  A man is seen petting ... and tossing ... a playful male Flowerhorn.  It may look like animal abuse, but you can clearly tell the Flowerhorn is enjoying the flying fish treatment because it keeps darting back to the hand for relaunch.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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