I just got some little ones yesterday and I am sure they're less than three months old - they are very tiny and utterly adorable. One is a cambodian VT and other is a wild colour DTPK ... as far as I can tell both are baby girls :)
I fell for it. Or, well, my family did. I had mentioned wanting a fish and they came home with this little bitty thing in a bowl. I immediately thought fish abuse and did my research. Now, a week later I have a 5 gallon 8 sided type tank with a heater and filter. I still need to go out and get a thermometer and some good food. But I'm still really new at this and I have a lot of questions. This is also my first post to the thread.
My betta (when I learn how to post pics I will) is about half the size of my pinky, maybe a bit smaller. I haven't had the time to look too much into the sex and type, but I THINK it's a girl...then again, it's a young fish so I might not be able to tell yet. I can't tell an age...maybe you guys have a general idea given the approx. size?
If it is a girl, her name is Temperance. If not, it's Rick Castle -but that chat is for later.
I'm really concerned about the feeding. I have this zoo med betta food that grows when you put it in the water. My little fish can hardly hold it in her mouth and it takes her over three minutes to eat it. So far I've been feeding her 3 times every other day and doing it in cyces. One the night before, one in the morning, and one in the evening -because it takes her so long to eat it and honestly the food (once submerged) is larger than her eye- I really don't want her to bloat up. But she kind of gives me that look (I'm sure you all know it) like she's starving so today I gave her two pellets in her night feed. She looks like she wants more...decieving fish.
Still doing my research, but I saw this thread and decided since I got 1.99 fishy from petcoe I may as well post :)
After exams I hope to have everything for her (or him). I know I want to get better food, some blood worms, a thermometer, softer plants...possibly a larger heater (I think mine is for 1-3 gallon?) and a Castle that's softer on the fins. And any thing else she/he needs. Me and this fish have really bonded. Never thought I'd bond with a fish but she/he follows my finger and hangs out on the side of the tank by my bed all the time. She/he is the coolest little fish...
Don't overfeed your Betta. But as for things other than that, you are doing well so far.
I went to Pet Co. today and they had a ton of baby bettas. I keep thinking about them. I wish I could adopt one just to rescue it! :( My Abraham keeps me busy enough with the other things going on in my life though.
Does anyone feed their babies the Omega One Buffet Pellets? It has some awesome protein in it. I think I would have to break it apart a bit as it might be too big? He already loves the NLS small fish formula.
Omega One pellets are the staple in my babyfish's diet. :) I bought a pill cutter, and I've been using that to chop them up into rough quarters. (It takes some manipulation with the sharp end of a bamboo skewer to move them around on the pill cutter.) The quarter-sized pieces are perfect for babyfish mouths to get around!
So, watching my little boy swim all over the place... He's such an active guy, and always so eager to eat! Still hasn't shifted to his adult colors yet, though today he was showing signs of it... A touch more iridescence to his body. :) And I'm thinking he'll either be a veiltail, or a crowntail... When his tail folds down for a moment, it's started to get this little fold that makes me think veil... But the crown-y points haven't filled in after the better part of a week, which makes me think he could possibly end up a crown or comb tail... We'll just have to see! :D