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Old 12-03-2012, 12:59 PM   #1 
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Baby Betta Growing

Well my Baby Betta that I got Nov.21,2012 is growing in size what I don't get though is not showing any colors it still has it's Horizontal stripes. Is there anything I can do to help it change to colors instead of stripes or do I just wait 3 months or so before it does change colors. I am doing daylie water changes and feeding it three to four times a day a varied diet with Frozen Brime Shrimp included.
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:54 PM   #2 
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Its great that he is starting to grow, thats always a good sign, but you've had him for less then two weeks and he was probably no more then 6-7 weeks old when you brought him home......just be patient. ;) It sounds like you're doing a fantastic job with him, just keep doing what you're doing and give him a couple of months. He'll start to get some colors and shed those Camo-stripes in about two or three months. :)
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:47 PM   #3 
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The change tends to be pretty gradual, and especially for females those stripes take a very long time to go away. With fish who end up with lighter body colors, they take even longer :P Bettas with good varied diets show the brightest colors, so you're doing everything you can with that. Just be patient. I have a 5 month old betta who still seems to be coming into his colors :)
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Old 12-03-2012, 06:04 PM   #4 
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Well ok thanks guys I shall wait petiently for him or her to change colors.
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Old 12-03-2012, 06:12 PM   #5 
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I rescued one from Petco that looked like it was on its last leg. It was so small when i got it a month ago but now its easily double its size. How long before you can tell if you have a male or a female?
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Some Bettas have stripes as patterns. I have always had the idea of buying Baby Bettas raising them then selling them on aquabid or here.
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Old 12-03-2012, 06:41 PM   #7 
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I rescued one from Petco that looked like it was on its last leg. It was so small when i got it a month ago but now its easily double its size. How long before you can tell if you have a male or a female?
I honestly don't know how long it takes to know what you have I'm still waiting for mine to change from stripes to colors good luck with your new baby betta.
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You should be able to get a good idea of their gender I'd say about two or three months after you get them, but they could still surprise you so you may not completely know for sure for about four months or so......not factoring in the 4-8 weeks they could be when you get them.

The stripes aren't really a color pattern. When bettas are young, the stripes are meant to be a camouflage, help them blend into their surroundings. As they age and grow, these stripes disappear and generally only re-appear on females and young adult males of darker coloration when they are stressed.
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:49 PM   #9 
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Brine shrimp, FFF, and Micro worms will help.
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:09 PM   #10 
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look for the egg spot! it will look like a little white dot on the belly of your fish. if you see one, its a girl!
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