Please, pardon me if this has been asked many times before. ATM I can't do a search, have two little girls needing attention. Heck, I don't even know if this is in the right section
...please move it if it's wrong.
Is it normal for baby bettas to not have ventral fins, or to have stunted ones? Many of the fish in my batch (sent from a breeder, about 15) have either small ventrals (like really small), only one ventral (which may or may not be regular size), or don't have ventrals at all that I can see. My baby betta, Mr. Sassypants, has none, and although his finnage and behavior indicate his maleness, I don't have ventrals to observe.
If this is a problem, what can I do about it? They came to me this way, and I'm doing daily or every other day 50% or more water changes and feeding a mixture of live/frozen brine shrimp, tiny pellets the breeder sent to me, and hikari mini pellets(this only sometimes as it's not strictly betta food). It's just odd...both parents had nice ventrals, IDK what's going on here.
Thanks if you can help. I'm clueless. Getting better at general betta care, but this stuff puzzles me still.
Edit: These are giant HMPKs, mix of male and female.