Originally Posted by FadedPinkFins
My BoyFriends betta who he named Miracle I believe has some sort of growth stunt or something of the sort because she is about a third the size of chance and hadn't began truly growing until about a month or so ago, not sure why. I read something online about a certain thing that betta's secrete when they're growing as a defense mechanism to male the others around them stay smaller so that they themselves have a better chance of surviving and how it works against them if their water is not changed? not sure if that's true or not but I think I'll start taking over the care of little Miracle :p I cannot tell the sex of him or her yet though. Hopefully I can work out a tank arrangement for each of them when we go back to school! (S)he also was very excited about me taking pictures haha
This one is a boy, no ovaries
Yes they excrete a Growth Stunting hormone that does exactly that. Usually it's best to change the water every other day at least 50%, if it's a small enough container then 100% and if it's really small like .5 gallon, then 100% every day IMO.
Yeah my babies are stunted as well from being in their cups and I fell a bit behind on their 3 gallon but now they're in the split 5.5 and doing loads better, still not growing as I'd like but keeping the water clean and enough food is key!
My babies started to eat crushed up NLS pellets! Granted they're still small but it's so cute to see them gooble down half a pellet!