Week into having the babies (would have started earlier, but wanted to make sure they survived a week). Both in individual 1 gal tanks, but I have a 5.5 gallon cycling. Probably will move them into it after it finishes. Their color is really starting to come in nicely, especially Little Two's. Also able to notice visible growth on their ventral and caudal fins. Leaning toward both being girls. Little one is a iridescent royal blue on body with bright red fins. Little Two looks like she might be a chocolate, but I think I'm starting to see an almost purple sheen on her scales. Still unable to tell tail types. Really hope they are both girls, because then they can go into the Sohma Sorority that I am going to set up this summer. Current feeding schedule is 3 or 4 times a day, frozen BBS for all Sunday feedings, one feeding of frozen bloodworm and another of frozen daphnia on Wednesday, Hikari micro pellets for the rest.
I got them at Petco. Both the ones here (and the one where my sister worked in SD) gets their fish shipment in on Thursdays, so I became a pest and called every Thursday afternoon until they got a shipment of babies in. Wanted to get the little guys out of those cups as quickly as possible. If you do take the plunge and rescue one, make sure you have a variety of foods to offer (some are really fussy and they need higher protein for growth) and a reliable heater.
Babies are both good... I think LT (Little Two's fins grow some more last night ). THe iridescent lavender-ish color also seems to have spread more on the body and onto the fins. Moving them into the 5.5 as soon as I confirm that it's cycled... yeah, that'll be in the other journal... stuff I don't understand makes my head hurt sometimes. Anywho, I'm going to try upload one pic a day of the two of them until July 3rd, then I'll do either weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly photos, epending on how much they've matured/have left to mature. Will definitely do a comparison on April 10 2015 (assuming they both make it that long) as a 1 year comparison. And, the pics of the day (1st w/o flash, 2nd w/ flash):
Looks like LT is going to be a twin tail.
Ate you going to rename them once you determine the gender?
I also live in the Midwest... Do all Midwest petco stores sell baby bettas? I'm thinking of getting one.
Eep Crood, I'm not sure if all of them do. The two in Lincoln, at least one in Omaha and the 1 in Mankato all did, but from looking on the baby threads, so stores refuse to sell them. Best bet is to call around and see if any in your area get them. I know that one of the ones here is very slow to order more, while the other gets an order of babies in each month. Depends on the store
Not much to report today. LT insists on scaring me every couple of days. Last week it was listing to the left when swimming. This morning was belly sliding for 30 minutes before fully waking up. Gonna take the plunge and call LT a male. Can't see ovaries behind the stomach. Still no clue with LO. Think I see an egg spot, but doesn't really mean anything until older. Noticed some slivery sheen patches on LT's dorsal fin, ventrals, and body. So maybe people speculating DS (dragon scale) were on to something . Potential names for LT (if he is in fact a he) are Uo(tani) or Akito
Maybe next time I get a little one. this is partially also to help me keep track of anomalies and changes I make so if something happens, I can learn from it and maybe recognize early warning signs for the next one.