Originally Posted by beachbunny
Hi everyone! I thought I'd come here with a concern rather than making a new board. I have a new baby betta from petco. He is currently in a 1 gallon tank with a heater and now with one of those amazon plants that I read was recommended here. I have changed his water every other day and fed him 4 times a day.
I feel a little worried because he started flaring today and he's so active he's constantly flaring. When I put food in he flares at it, when he sees a bubble he flares at it. I'm getting scared he will get overworked or maybe he's getting stressed out? Is there something I should do or is this something normal for a baby? I think he's around 8 weeks old.
No, flaring is good! He's getting his exercise in! If you're really worried, keep the lights off so he doesn't see his reflection or anything and he should be fine.
@kvw1988, when they are adults! Lol. Around 2.5-3 months old they should be able to start taking regular pellets, you'll see them lose their baby bellies when they start to mature. For males, if he makes a bubble nest that's a sign of maturity so that's a good marker.