Hello all. Thanks to a very generous member of this forum, I wil be recieving a group of 9 week old betta babies. I have some questions as to how to care for them until I can rehome them....I am undecided on whether or not to grow them out first.
Number: about 12
Gender: Mixed ( I think)
Type: Giant/typical HMPKs
1. Can you sex bettas at 9 weeks old? How would I do that?
2. Can they all be housed together for now in a 20 gallon with lots of plants/cover?
3. When is the time to separate the males out? Do I need to be ready for that now?
4. What do they eat? Do I need to get special food? I have hikari mini pellets and omega one pellets, also tropical flake food and frozen bloodworms.
I have done research and I feel confident that I can care for these babies....I have a 20 gallon and a 5 gallon tank; the bigger can be a harem if need be and I can use a few 2L pop bottles to house males in the 5 gallon. My 10 gallon is not quite done cycling, but should be done in a few days. All tanks are filtered and heated. I can get anything else I should need. I am planning on 50% daily water changes to inhibit any stunting in thier growth (per bettysplendens' recommendation.)
It's quite exciting to be doing this! Please, I can use any advice/help I can get though. I am pretty experienced as a fishkeeper, but bettas are newish to me.