Originally Posted by MeganJo215
So, my questions is, what would you recommend for caring for the "babies"? I mean, they're so small you can't tell if they were male or female until they get older, so would you recommend keeping them by themselves until you can tell what their gender is?
I have one. It has grown about 50% in size in a week and gone from a light blue to a rich multicolor - I think being in a larger tank with warm water that gets very regular changes and regular feeding of quality food is doing good for it. All I've been doing is feeding it Hikari Betta Bio Gold pellets, same as my others. (I had bought some Wardley pellets but they weren't going over well with two of my three adult bettas, and baby loved them but had to wait for them to soften so it could gnaw its way through one because they were too big, about the size of a sesame seed. The Hikari pellets are about the size of a poppy seed.)
Baby eats as much as the adults. Baby will stop eating when full. I don't know if that's normal or not. Baby is pretty attentive and always notices when I walk into the room and begs for food.
I was at Petco today and was looking at the baby bettas... a different location from where I bought mine, the one today had a lot more of them. Mine was sorta shaped like a female when I bought it and still is... I think it is a female. In the store, some of the babies were labeled "baby betta" with no additional info, but some had info on breed and gender on the opposite side of the label. (I think those were all male.) Those, when I looked at them, were pretty obviously male. They were much smaller than my baby was when I bought her, so I'm guessing gender is relatively obvious relatively early.
I guess if you don't mind not knowing precisely what the full grown fish will look like, the baby is a nice deal - it's only $2 and you get to watch it grow up.