I made a post earlier asking about general baby betta care because I was thinking about getting a baby. Well, today, my parents went out with my sister (and they took the car) so I biked two miles down a highway, got hit in the face by bugs and plants, felt my legs burn till they went numb, and got fish.
I go into petco and try to pick out a few of the bigger babies. The microscopic ones, well, I'm not ready for that. I immediately picked a white one with a tail that looks like it will become a double tail! I was going to choose another white one, but instead chose a grey-ish one with a purple/red pigment on the anal fins.
I had to take them out of their death cups and show the employee how to tie a fish bag.. -_- I filled them with air for breathing and extra cushioning and carefully put them in my backpack. It was a longggg ride home. Not even including how tired I was, I had to move around every rock and was a heck of a lot more careful..
I finally get home and wince as I pull the bags out. The white one didn't move.. I couldn't breathe, but then suddenly it did. Jerk. The dark one zipped around!
I don't know genders yet so I'm calling the white one Yin, and the dark one Yang. They're pretty neutral names!
the two together they were small, so I figured, "There's no way they can be aggressive yet!" Hmmm, no, they were good for 5 minutes then Yang swam too close to Yin. He swam at him, and he might of bit him so I separated them immediately. (I'm wondering though if it was just a dominance thing and if its safe to put them together again? Let me know, cause I'd rather have them together incase one ends up a female, I'd like them to be 'friends')
I gave them each a teenie piece of bloodworm incase they haven't been fed, since we all know how pet stores are. Both were piggies!
I prepared an old Kritter keeper I had for Wrigley, divided it, put in some gravel, and then added water and heated it for an hour. It was a pretty good temperature, not freezing cold, comfortably warm, so I let them acclimate. 30 minutes later after adding a few drops of water every 5 minutes, they were released!
Yin is definitely going to be my big pain in the butt. He squeezed through the divider so I had to redo it. I was looking and couldn't find him, I figured, "He's clear, so keep looking closer" then I see him happily looking at me from the other side of the divider! Thankfully Yang didn't bite him.
Even if one ends up being a female they shouldn't be housed together unless the tank is divided - bettas are solitary fish, or for females I think 6 is the minimum amount to have together. (Someone correct me if I'm wrong, I don't have a sorority myself).
Be sure, depending on tank size, to do water changes either daily or every other day as they secrete a growth stunting hormone and you want them to grow properly :)
I do love their names though - very suitable for 2 babies :)
Yup, regardless of their genders, two bettas cannot be housed together. Males cannot be kept with any other bettas, and female bettas require a group of four or (preferably) more and a well designed tank.
It won't delay growth, right? I don't know if I can afford an adjustable one, but I might be able to return this..
Should I stick the disc in at night to bring it up, then take it out while I'm at class the next morning?