Well in August I bought a cute little baby Betta, my tiny Bit. He has spend the last couple of months growing and about a week ago we finally placed him on his new 10 gallon mansion/maze tank. Now the thing is, we have notice that as he grew his dorsal fin started to curl. He also has his ventrals all twisted in strange angles. Someone here told my fiance that it might be due to hard water... We have tested the water and it isn't hard. We asked at the local fish shop and they told us that it was probably just genetic. Now he also seems to be smaller than other bettas, or at least I feel like he hasn't grown as much as others I have had or seen. He still can't eat the bigger pellets we have for him, so he still is eating the baby hikari pellets, with the occasional blood worm.
My friend also bought a Baby betta about a week or less after mine. Her's took a long time to start growing. He is still little but growing and at least shows no observable deformities.
So I was wondering, for those of you who have bought baby bettas that have lived to adulthood (seeing as I have seen quite a few people complaining about their death rate), do you find the fish have any problems? Either developmental, anatomical or behavioral?
I just feel between sadness wondering if I did anything wrong that caused his fins to be crooked and anger at Petco for possibly selling fish that are not "healthy".
Besides his crooked fins he seems fine, he swims, is active, eats, poops and flares at anything that gets too close. He also makes his little bubble nests and struts his stuff trying to protect it.
*pictures in the next post*