Originally Posted by islandtime317
Hey everyone! I posted about my baby betta a while back. Heres some new pics! I think my little guy/gal is about 6-8 weeks old now. Still having trouble figuring out gender. His/her color is starting to develop more tho! Fins are outlined in blue and the base of the fins are starting to show red! The body in good lighting is starting to look purplish, but still has those stress stripes. Anybody have any guesses as to what type of betta and gender?
Also, my little guy/gal is in a 5 gallon tank. Could this be split in the middle with a divider? I was thinking of "rescuing" another baby but dont want to have to set up another tank. Thoughts?
It's a Boy! Congratulations! lol
Stress stripes in babies actually aren't stress stripes all the time, they are camouflage stripes to make it easier for them to hide in the wild. You'll often see babies switch from horizontal stripes to solid colors and then sometimes even to submission stripes which are vertical. In adult fish vertical stripes are breeding stripes but since these babies are not sexually mature, they cannot want to "breed" but it is submission. I also see this happen in some of my girls in my sorority, they put up their submission stripes to tell the other fish "whoa, hey there! I don't want any trouble!" and usually swim away
And yes! You can split your 5! I had my two boy's in my 5.5 at one point and now I have my 10 split into three for three babies to make it easier on me with the water changes to get rid of the growth stunting hormone
So it'd be easier on you as well. Even though a tank is split, it doesn't necessarily mean that they only have that side of the tank. What I mean is: they have 2.75 gallons of swimming room but technically with the water flow, both of them have all 5 gallons if that makes sense. So just do your every other day/daily water changes for them and they'll be happy and healthy!