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Treat Ball - Food Dispensing Toy!


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After thinking of some enrichment ideas for my fishies recently, I came up with this. They found it pretty fun, I think! :)

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Animal enrichment is becoming increasingly considered in all environments where animals are kept in captivity. Providing enrichment means providing stimulating and challenging environments, objects, and activites for the animals. Allowing animals to do the things they would do naturally is important because it keeps them mentally and physically fit, and improves their overall quality of life. There are many ways you can provide enrichment for your goldfish; this is just one idea.

Using a small round plastic bottle from a craft store, I made a sphere with holes in it. The sphere is clear, so when food is placed inside, the fish can both smell and see the food. They then have to figure out how to get the food out!

A few photos, mostly just showing Felix because I was more focused on getting video footage than I was on getting photos... on another note, these pictures show his color really well. I love what a bright, happy tangerine orange color he is.

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This photo was right after he got a piece of food out, and right before he ate it!

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Oh, Jennie, you're so clever and skilled! :)

Well I think that is quite an overstatement, but I try, anyway.

This is awesome great job

Thanks Rojo. :)

I agree with Alex, you are one clever lady! :idea

Thanks for sharing.

lol, thank you Becs!

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That's a really great idea! It's got to be really good for their mental health......on the other hand it may make them totally neurotic, who knows. Very cool and thanks for sharing. :)

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Wonderful idea. I may have to get my grinder out and if my fish like one.

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What a great idea!! I could watch Callisto chase that ball around all day <3

Totally! She's one goofy fish. :)

Jennie this is so wonderful! Hurry and patent it! :yikes

Thanks Chelsea! I wasn't thinking about that at all when I made it, but now I am looking into getting a patent. It's so expensive though! :(

This was such a cute idea. :) Thank you for sharing!

Thanks yafa! I saw you were the first to comment on the video! :D

Thats so cool! You should sell these!

Thanks M+M, I'm thinking about it! :hmm

:rofl That is a great idea! Your fish are just so gorgeous . . . and, now, probably exhausted! :rofl

Thanks Lisa! Yeah, probably. :) It was fun to see them get so excited about something.

That's a great idea! :) If that was me, it would take probably 5 milleniums to figure it out. :o

lol, thanks orandatchi!

That's a really great idea! It's got to be really good for their mental health......on the other hand it may make them totally neurotic, who knows. Very cool and thanks for sharing. :)

Thanks Mr.B! It's kinda weird to think about a neurotic goldfish, lol. :P

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Jennie nice work.

Quiet impressed looking at your videos.

Thanks shuaib, I love making youtube videos!

what a great idea! looks like lots of fun :)

Thanks ema! It's always fun to see the fishies having fun. :)

Brilliant! and nice dremel skills!

lol, thanks! "You know, like nunchuck skills, bowhunting skills, computer hacking skills... dremel skills!" :P

Really nicely done. The fish seem to like it!

Thanks motherred, I was happy to see they enjoyed it!

I think this is an amazing idea and you would get rich on it if you chose to ;)

Thanks Shelly! I don't know about that, lol, but it definitely would be fun to see if I could get a patent for it! :)

great idea! :)

Thank you tithra. :)

Wonderful idea. I may have to get my grinder out and if my fish like one.

Thanks, and yeah you should make one! Take pictures or video if you do!

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aw too cute they all look a bit frustrated at first :lol3

Yeah, they do, huh?! Silly fish. :P

Hey, great video. Just reposted it on here without seeing this.... my bad

Thanks! Oh did you? lol, I gotta go check that out now! :)

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That is a neat idea, thanks for sharing! How fun!

The only thing I personally would worry over a bit though was smaller fish getting their head stuck in the largest hole, or injuring themselves on the sharper edges on the inner side of the holes. I can see at least half of my fish ending up with the globe stuck around their heads, looking like bizarre miniature cosmonauts :doh11:

Also, :heart Luca :wub:

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