So most of you know I made the decision to cull my more recent spawn because I was unable to care properly for them and make daily water changes and multiple feedings etc.
Well I didn't really cull them... I dumped the 5-7 surviving fry into my grow out tank with the other fry thinking if they made it great, if not at least they were eaten instead of starving to death.
Fast forward to today... I completely empty my grow out (well mostly empty), pulling out all the wood and java moss and throwing it into a plastic bin full of water, so I could get a bunch of baby snails out to kill. As I am pulling apart the java moss and removing it a tiny fry pops out of a really thick clump
I don't know how he survived or what he survived on since the big fry are being fed almost solely NLS grow (with the occasional block of frozen daphnia added) but here he is. Tiny tiny but with all fins intact and a streak of red in his anal.
I don't know what I want to do with it. I can't put him back in the grow out if I want him to survive because some of the fry are definitely big enough to eat him if they are lucky enough to catch him but I'm not sure if I want to try to raise him up either.
My gut is telling me... he survived this long. He survived through being left and thought dead in an unheated spawning tank for weeks until I found those 15 survivors, he survived through weeks of no food except some first bites and few water changes, he survived being put in with fish that could eat him quite easily. Who am I to kill him now? He's obviously got what it takes.. what makes a betta an almost indestructable fish... he deserves to try to make it all the way.
So... I guess tomorrow I'm going to have to figure out a way to get either a net breeder or some sort of thing to put in my other 10 gallon so he can be warm and have clean water without dealing with stunting hormones from my bigger fry. Then once he's big enough he can find another home like the other fry.
He's from the spawn from the male in my avatar and his sibling sister BTW.