How can you tell whether a betta is very young or just starved?
My mother-in-law gave us another betta today....a beautiful mauve/red/blue VT. No name yet.
I wish I can post pictures but believe it or not, I don't have a camera. (Sorry, I'm not much of a technology buff so I've been lazy about getting an updated cell phone with a good cam.)
He arrived in one of those little cups, not even filled halfway with water....there was just enough water (what is that blue dye stuff in the water anyway??) for him to wallow around on the bottom.
I'm trying to figure out whether he is really young or just starved. He has long, fully developed fins (no sign of fin rot) so he must be mature. There were crumbly-looking waste particles in the cup, so he must've been fed. But he barely has an abdomen! When viewed from the top, there is a steep, angular drop from his head to his midsection. He practically looks like a lollipop! Is this how a very young yet healthy betta looks? I'm hoping someone here can help me figure this out because I did a Google search for "betta age size" but didn't find anything definite or helpful.
Fortunately, I had a spare X-large Kritter Keeper (6.5 - 7 gallons), an extra ZooMed floating betta log, and a backup Hydor Theo heater on hand. I fed him a pellet while he was being acclimated in the cup but when he started exploring the tank, he started eating the BioZyme I sprinkled in the water.
Last edited by RandomFish; 06-25-2010 at 10:18 PM.