Hello everyone! Well as some of you might already know I am currently treating a very sick adult betta *Raz*. From the moment I brought him home he has been sick. Poor guy. He is a fighter but I spend most of time caring for him. Well I sent my hubs to Petco to buy some meds for Raz when he comes home with BABY BETTA!!!! My first instinct was to tell him to return it right now. I have no idea how to care for a baby betta. I just learned how to care for an adult betta. *sigh* I did not warn my hubs to stay away from the bettas. They will suck you in with their cuteness! Being prepared for your bettas though is so important and I was not happy to see that he brought home this baby.
Then he put the cup up to my face and I saw it... that cute betta face that *take me home and love me forever* face. How could I say no to that. So now I have a baby betta named Shelby if a girl or Sheldon if a boy. I need help on how to properly care for him or her. I know that I have to keep the water pretty warm at 80-82 degrees. Also the water has to be very clean. What type of water changes would you recommend weekly?
Also what about the filter...is one needed right now? The 1 gal tank my hubs bought come with an underground filter system and air pump. The link is below. I plan to upgrade the tank when she or he gets bigger. I currently have the 1 gal set up since last night I added water conditioner and stress coat. I just need to buy a thermometer and a heater today.
What do I feed the baby? I heard live food is best. Where on earth do I get that from? I have mostly Petco, Petsmart and Pet Supplies Plus by me. Can I feed the baby crushed New Life Spectrum *growth* pellets? Also I know I have a Sick adult betta *Raz* right now so I am making sure everything *supply wise* is kept separately. I am going as far as having my hubs do the daily changes on the baby and I do Raz daily changes. Therefore no way the baby can get what he has. I am also buying her supplies brand new so we won't have to mix anything. I know this will be really challenging to take care of a sick betta and now a baby but I don't have the heart to return the baby. So any advice would be great. Thanks in advance!
What we have:
brand new 1 gal aquarium
brand new silk plant
tons of different pellet food
freeze dried blood worms
frozen blood worms
API master test kit
What we will buy today:
If there is anything I should add to the list please let me know.
The baby is a hair bigger then an inch and very active. I can already see blue coloring on him or her. I have the baby by our heater in the apartment wrapped with a hand towel until Petco opens.