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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-21-2012, 03:05 PM Thread Starter
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How old are the bettas in the pet stores?

Somewhere I heard that they may be around 3 months. Then I also heard that they were full grown. At what age is a betta actually full grown, and does anyone know how old they are when they are shipped to the pet stores?
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Somewhere I heard that they may be around 3 months. Then I also heard that they were full grown. At what age is a betta actually full grown, and does anyone know how old they are when they are shipped to the pet stores?
I heard about a year old

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In one store here in the UK I was told that their bettas average about a year of age when they are imported, I know in some places they'll be much younger but in others they could be much older (especially if they don't get sold in good time).

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I think petco sells them as young as they can. Honestly most of the fish there are tiny. I think Aquarius was about 4 or 5 months old when I got him, maybe he's pushing 6 months now. He's still pretty tiny.

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I think it depends on the store. I've seen bettas that looked as young as 12 weeks (not petco baby bettas) and others who were probably well over a year.

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A full grown betta is 11 weeks + old.

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A full grown betta is 11 weeks + old.
Really!? Well, there goes the hope that my 2 smallest will get any bigger.
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Well, the youngest fish I've seen was 5 weeks. And it was starving and TINY (I bought him/her, he's okay!)
But I think where I am, they average 4 months old. Some of them don't have their color completely filled out or are as vibrant yet, but appear fully grown.

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Hmmm, this is interesting.

The avatar pic was taken the day I got that fish. None of mine have changed in appearance.
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I think PetSmart and PetCo and other large chain stores churn them out faster and younger because of their push to sell small tanks and cute "baby" fish. Mom and pop stores sell older ones, at least here they do. I bet Lakitu and Ludendorff (both from the same lps) were about a yr old. They idk, look older. Everytime I look at PetSmart bettas they seem younger. In size and appearance. Bowser, from PS, was smaller at purchase than most at the lps.
I always thought about age too. It could also be smaller fish from stores like PetSmart are like.. inbred or something in the water makes them smaller. There's a lot of emphasis here on the forum about separating them and cleaning the water so it doesn't inhibit their growth patterns. Maybe the dirty tanks don't start at the petstore level.

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