Originally Posted by TexasRose
Hi, I am new to this site and I hope I can get some help. My son went to a party where baby betas were given to the 6 year olds as thank you gifts. My mouth dropped when my husband gave the betta to me. I bought a 2.5 gallon tank, water conditioner food and fake plants. I don't know when my fish ate last or anything about fish. I went in panic mode when I discovered the betta food I bought was to big for my betta to eat. Went out and bought new food for "Lizzy" to eat. I have seen so many different eating schedules that I don't know what to do. I went to buy a heater and the petsmart rep said that I don't need a heater. I will try to post pics of Lizzy but please let me know how offer to feed her, and if I need a water heater. I keep checking on her every couple of hours, always afraid I might loose her. Thank you.
First of all, welcome to the site, second of all, that's awful that they just gave out baby bettas to unsuspecting people! Baby bettas require lots of extra water changes and a good diet of protien rich food to not stunt their growth. And absolutely 100% they need a heater. 2.5 gallons is perfect for a single betta and you'd need about a 7.5 watt heater for it. They're not that hard to find online. A good brand of food to feed your baby is New Life Spectrum Growth Flormula, these pellets are very tiny and will fit your baby's mouth nicely. When he/she gets bigger, I recommend switching to New Life Spectrum Betta Forumla. Perfect for adult bettas. Just keep up around 30% water changes every 3 days or so until he/she's big and fat and you'll have a healthy adult betta!
Thanks for joining and looking out for your fishie!