it's ssooo cute ! I cant wait till the colors show!
And a bit of general info for everyone...
Please do NOT keep your babies in cups :(
Heaters are very important... espcially after all that neglect in petco...Give babies warmer water than you would adults, 82-88F is a good rule of thumb.
Feed little but often. you will want to see a well rounded stomach...
In the wamer temps they will have a faster metabolism. babies have a faster metablism in general anyway as they need to covert the food into growth.
you should feed a high protein diet.... diet should be varied but live food isnt neccessary... if the babies doesn't know how to eat, crush up the pellet and blow it about, this should draw some attention to the food.
Change out water often (once a day or once every other day in small tanks) as babies release growth stuntin hormones and will stunt themselves..
please realize that your babies are older than they look, most have been stunted during trainsit and at petco. they have quite a bit of growth to catch up on. improper care will lead to permanantly stunted bettas.
If you are unsure about anything, goto the breeding section and ask a seasoned breeder such as Mo, MrVampire (is he still around?) Oldfishlady, Tanseattle, Indijo etc...
Muasdc, a young betta especially needs a heater and more space than the cup it came in.
Yeah I know, I moved it into an actual betta tank night..those ones that can be divided into two... it's been doing great w/o a heater, I just use my desk lamp as the "heat source" along with a 100% water change every other day. Little guy still doing well..
Ok! correct me if I'm wrong lol but I'm just gonna go ahead and say my little guy is a male VT...i put a little mirror in his tank, and he started flaring at the reflection...never seen females flare at their own reflections so this is my guess...any input from you veterans??
Pics! his gills were flared...can't really tell in pictures but I'm excited...hopefully he really is a male :D
I tried using the "lamp heating" method...it does not provide a stable temp environment. If you are trying your hand at raising a betta, the proper equipment, like a thermometer and a heater, is necessary. These things can be acquired rather cheaply and will benefit the health of your animal.