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Old 06-04-2013, 11:20 PM   #1061 
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How much hope would there be for a baby in a cup with such high ammonia levels that the little thing was caused to have a bent spine?
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:11 AM   #1062 
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JamieL, it's way early to tell, but the body shape kinda says "girl" to me!

I've noticed that the ventrals on my baby are already as long as those on my adult girls, so I'm suspecting mine is a boy. Was kinda hoping more for a girl so she could be part of my sorority, but I have a plan for either outcome

Ammonia might cause many issues, but I don't think a bent spine is one. The cynical part of me suspects half these babies are fish that might normally be culled, but they give them a chance by selling them as babies. I imagine as long as the fish can swim normally and doesn't appear to have any other issues, it would be fine, Saphira. Just would not make a good breeding fish, but would no doubt be a good pet.
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Old 06-05-2013, 09:15 AM   #1063 
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How much hope would there be for a baby in a cup with such high ammonia levels that the little thing was caused to have a bent spine?
One of my baby's also has a bent spine which contributes to his swim bladder issue but once he's full of food he's got no problem swimming anywhere he pleases! So I'd say as long as the tank is kept clean with the cleaning every 3 days or so and food every 3-4 hours, he should be just fine!
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Lizzy update, Thanks for help!

Hi, everyone.
Since my last post I bought a cobalt 10 watt heater, ordered an azoo filter because the filter that came with my 2.5 gallon tank gives Lizzy trouble. The guy at the aquarium store suggested that I use ozarka spring water since I have a small tank. Anyone else using spring water?
Also, with the light on the water temp reads 81 degrees, at night when I turn off the light it drops to 78-79 should I still use the heater? Does anyone add aquarium salt for bacteria? Lizzy is starting to show some color, can't wait to see what she will look like and if she is really a girl. Here is a picture.
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Old 06-05-2013, 05:30 PM   #1065 
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Hi, everyone.
Since my last post I bought a cobalt 10 watt heater, ordered an azoo filter because the filter that came with my 2.5 gallon tank gives Lizzy trouble. The guy at the aquarium store suggested that I use ozarka spring water since I have a small tank. Anyone else using spring water?
Also, with the light on the water temp reads 81 degrees, at night when I turn off the light it drops to 78-79 should I still use the heater? Does anyone add aquarium salt for bacteria? Lizzy is starting to show some color, can't wait to see what she will look like and if she is really a girl. Here is a picture.
Whatever you do, do not at AQ salt, especially for long term use. It can be used for medication but not for long term with Betta's. It will basically cause a liver and/or kidney failure and it's pretty much a death sentence. But can be used for medication up to 14 days safely.

You can use spring water (still use conditioner though) but it could get expensive after a while. Is there anything wrong with your tap water?
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Whatever you do, do not at AQ salt, especially for long term use. It can be used for medication but not for long term with Betta's. It will basically cause a liver and/or kidney failure and it's pretty much a death sentence. But can be used for medication up to 14 days safely.

You can use spring water (still use conditioner though) but it could get expensive after a while. Is there anything wrong with your tap water?
The water where I live is very hard. I have to use distilled water for my appliances that require water or clean out with vinegar after each use. Our water is very drying to our skin as well.
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Old 06-05-2013, 07:43 PM   #1067 
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The water where I live is very hard. I have to use distilled water for my appliances that require water or clean out with vinegar after each use. Our water is very drying to our skin as well.
Okay, well distilled water isn't great either. It lacks all the minerals Betta's need, just like we need, from water. I would suggest either mixing it with spring water or tap water then to get the minerals.

Betta's can acclimate to nearly any chemistry to water, the only thing that might happen is some fin curling in hard water, but otherwise they're completely fine to live in it.

EDIT: AQ salt is good for killing off external bacteria but Baby betta's are sensitive anyway and it shouldn't be used as a preventative. The best thing you can do for a preventative is keep the water clean, change it every other day at least 50% so that the growth isn't stunted.
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Thank you. I thought about mixing the spring with tap. That is what I will do.
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Old 06-05-2013, 09:34 PM   #1069 
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Cute baby! and yes it is a Double tail, that's all. You won't know color until it grows up. I might be mistaken, I think I see the triangular ovaries behind it's stomach, also the anal fin looks very square and what I can see of the ventrals, they seem short. So I'm voting female :) As far as feeding, it's a good idea to smash up the pellets if you can to make it smaller so the baby can actually eat them. I feed mine 3-5 times a day since they are growing after all :D
Lilnaugrim, would you be able to help me figure out Baby Sr's gender? S/he is 9 weeks and I do see a white egg spot but I know that's not a for sure thing here is a link, but in case it doesn't work (I'm mobile) I have several pics in my albums.

http://www.bettafish.com/album.php?a...ictureid=59882
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Old 06-05-2013, 10:08 PM   #1070 
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At what age do Bettas stop secreting the growth stunting hormone?
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