This is Gill/Gilly (probably Gilly) I just got her and put her in her temporary home so she's a bit upset right now. When the stripes are gone her body is more purple and her fins a bit magenta with a slight shimmer.
Ok so my female's fins have changed. Elongated anal fin towards the back. Closest to the caudal fin. Still female or maybe a chance of being male? I'll post a before pic from 3 weeks ago. The one posted on this post is from 2 days ago.
Okay. So I just moved my two males into a divided 20 gal with some mystery snails and went to a local PetCo to use a coupon. I left with food for the snails, root tabs, 7 ghost shrimp, and this little baby.
It was the smallest out of the four they had (just about an inch... so under two months? I think?) and I don't know if it's a baby thing or not, but its gills are really red, which worries me. I have it settling into Arthur's old 2.5 gallon with the temp set to 80 or so.
Anyone have any advice? I'm not sure if I can get this little one to maturity, but it's super active and seems to like me, so here's hoping!
Last edited by TheOnlyCanvas; 06-27-2013 at 07:07 PM.
I have to feed mine micro pellets - the normal betta pellets, even the NLS are still too big.
Super clean warm water, stresscoat, and regular feedings (several per day for a baby) are your best bet. The first baby I got was just too far gone and did not make it. The one I have now was in a bit better shape to begin, and *so far* is thriving. Since you say yours is active, that's a good sign!
The gills could be ammonia, but since the ones at that age are so transparent anyway, it could also just be that you can see the blood circulating there through the skin. Mine was similar when I got him, and 4 weeks later, his coloring is in and his body is completely opaque.
TheOnlyCanvas, I think you'll be ok, the red gills seem to be a baby thing, mine was like that too, and he's okay. They really aren't too different from taking care of an adult, they just need to be fed a couple small meals throughout the day, and they do need more frequent water changes. I feed mine a total of 5 omega one pellets over the course of the day, I have to soak them in water for a minute first then cut them in half but mine loves them.
I agree with Shadyr, if yours is active that's a good sign, just remember the first day or so they may hide quite a bit just from getting used to their new home. Good luck!