I have had pretty good success with my babies. I found my first last November & decided to give it a go, not realizing just how much work they are. That's actually how I found this site & I owe a lot of awesome people on this site credit for their survival :) There are some good pics of them developing on my page, feel free to check them out. Most have been given to new (responsible) homes after they got big enough & have done well. I had actually put away the "baby gear" & found my newest & smallest, Auggie. He's so tiny (barely the size of a nickel) and really has very little, if any color.
My tips (not that they work for everyone, just my own experiences):
1. Keep the water temp slightly higher-definitely over 80 degrees. But not too high either.
2. Feed frequent, but small meals. More often in the beginning & as it matures, decrease the frequency. Auggie just now is graduating from Hikari First Bites to NLS Growth (still crushed).
3. I've found that most filters are too strong for little babies. So, I make sure & do frequent water changes on unfiltered, smaller tanks. As the baby grows, so does the tank size. Too small & they won't grow properly.
4. Tank lids on all the time. I had one baby jump out when I turned my back for a second. Scared the living daylights out of me, but he survived the 3+ foot fall & turned out to be a beautiful red male VT.
5. Patience-kinda goes without saying with almost anything, but esp babies.
Even though they were a lot of work, it paid off & these bettas were spared from growing up & ending up in tiny cups as adults. Happy fish in happy homes!
@ LebronTheBetta-I was shocked to see a fish as tiny as Auggie being sold. I have no idea how he survived shipping. Hopefully, he keeps doing well.
Good luck with your future baby!