Well, it's been officially a week and my baby is still around so I thought I would post this!
After coming here to seek help for my betta's fins, I saw this thread and really enjoyed watching how the babies develop into adults. When I went to the pet store to get some things to help my betta, I saw this little baby and couldn't resist!
I've named it Lutece, and it will be either Rosalind or Robert depending on if it is male or female! This thread and forum has been really helpful on knowing just how to care for it. I do water changes everyday, and keep a sharp eye on the temperature. I'm amazed by how much personality this fish has! Every time someone approaches the tank, it zooms out as if to say "Hey, how are you? Whatcha doing? Huh? Hey!" I can see a few differences from when I brought it home, but still don't have an idea what sex or tail type it is. Here are pictures of it through the past week:
This one really shows the colors I've seen on its fins. When I picked it out at the store, I couldn't tell any color.
These are submission stripes, correct? BTW, the thermometer has been resting right below 80 degrees. I've never seen it below 70, even though it looks that way in this picture.
Day Seven (Today!):
Not sure what is stressing it out, but they didn't last too long!
Right after to show the stripes are gone:
It does get those vertical stripes and color up fairly often. Is this bad for it? Anything I can do to help if it is? When it colors up, the edges of its fins get dark. I'm leaning towards this being its natural coloring. I've only seen the fins growing rather than degrading.
I'm going to have to be very careful next time I go into the pet store... I think I've caught whatever is going around this board!