Join Date: May 2012
Location: Northwest of the USA
My friend's baby betta~
So today I got called for a baby betta rescue mission from my friend who recently found out of my betta knowledge. Her poor little man has been not doing so well. Not eating, hiding, clamped. I'm really irritated that pet stores have no idea how to properly care for baby bettas and don't give their customers proper advice and instruction! Grrr petco.... grr..
Anyway! So today before even seeing him I took her out and we get him so new food, cause what they gave her was too big (Omega One Betta Buffet Flakes; which is a GREAT food... but not for babies unless you know to crush it into fine peices... which I forgot to tell her but hopefully she'll read this or I will tell her on Wed when I check in!) we got a thermometer, and some stress coat.
So I get over there tonight and apparently the petstore also told her that they only needed a once a week water change in a 1 gallon... For a baby? She's had the little guy for almost 3 months and he's about doubled in size, but he's just about the same size Alexa was when I brought her home over 3 weeks ago... Totally don't blame her or her man, but I blame the petstore for misinformation! -growls- Anyway~
I changed the baby's water, we are going shopping next tuesday to get more supplies (including a heater and within a month a new little home with a filter hopefully) cause that's when we can. Baby, Eleven is his name, and as far as I could tell he was DEFINITELY male... Longer ventrals even for being so small, no ovaries or ovipositor, wrong shape... Yeah little man. So when I got there he was clamped and hiding, I actually didn't even find him until I took the plant out. I caught him in a cup and cleaned out his home and his plant. Tried to feed him, he refused. I looked him over and the only issues I really saw were that he was really skinny ((he's been refusing food), his tail fin looked like it had a little fin melt, once his body got to just before the tail his spine was bent, but he swam just fine, and he was so little.
I filled his 1 gallon tank up with fresh, clean water of like temp to the water he was in (which just so happened to be 80 without a heater) and after letting him float for a bit then released him into his new home with as little of the old water as possible. Within about 1 minute quite literally, he was swimming around, exploring, doing more that he has apparently done in 3 weeks! He still refused food, but tomorrow morning when he's all settled he should be just fine.
Oh! While he was in the cup, I got him to flare. It was amazing and he was so cute. He has some fire in him so he should be fine!
Also, he appears to be a nice teal and blue hiding under baby colors and stripes. His fin colors without a flashlight are gorgeous. Props to my friend and her man! He's gonna be a beauty once his fins get healed and start growing again! We discussed water changes and we have made a schedule of mon-wed-fri for her to change his water. (They also apparently didn't tell them about the growth stunting hormone that they release... :/) A much better improvement from the at most once a week that the store said. Also discussed feeding schedule as well. All in all, the baby is doing way better already and I am so excited that I have been able ot used everything I've learned on here and from my own baby betta to help someone else! Yay! <3
You go girl! We will make your little man amazing~~
Also! The second baby betta I know of to be OBSESSED with its thermometer. He wouldn't leave the thing alone! XD
~Rainbow Sorority Ladies 10g~, Mystique~ CT, Alexa~ CT, Lulah~ VT,Icelia~ CT, Goldeen~ CT, young unamed female.
Tangi~ GIANT VT on her own because of SBD 2.5g
My little man ~Mayim~ 5g
~I loved you Rainbow, you were the best~
Last edited by AltheaGlyndwr; 07-16-2013 at 01:19 AM.