Actually vertical stripes are submission and horizontal are for hiding I want to say male because of the longer fins but I'm pretty darn positive that I just watched ovaries growing so I'm saying female for your baby PanActress!
Ahhh, thanks for your insight you guys! I won't worry too much about the stripes then. I'm glad to hear that it looks like I'm doing things right.
I want to see what this little baby ends up like, but I also don't want to wish away its youth, haha. I'm going to keep taking pictures everyday. It's easier to see growth when you have the pictures, vs looking everyday. Maybe I'll make a journal thread and keep it updated. It would be nice to have a place where the pictures are all in order.
I caved went to petco searching for a small heater for 10 dollars and always stop to look at the fish and they had baby bettas only 1.99 and knew i had to try my luck right now i have had her/he for 3 days i am going back to get new food she/he only seems to like flake betta food. she/he has red fins and a white a body with black spots. she/he is either a delta, veil or crown tail don't know which but seems to have points at the end of her tail but that's what i hope for her today. gonna call petco and see when they get shipments in.
Thanks for your replies! My little guy is still in the smaller tank. I do 50% water changes every day and 100% every 3 days, and he is doing great! I don't have a filter in either tank because I worry about the current for him, so I'm not sure how I will cycle the tank. I do have one in my large tank that maybe I could use for a day or two. I am waiting to move him over until I've had him for a month just so I don't stress him out, its going on 3 weeks now, so I'll be moving him over soon.
Hey guys, so I noticed something off about Phoenix's face tonight. Is the gill cover just bigger because it's growing faster than the rest of her or is this something I need to be concerned about?? It doesn't really look inflamed it just looks... longer? I guess? I just lost one of my boys the other day and I want to be extra sure that nothing is wrong with my baby :(
It doesn't look bad to me Canvas, just looks like she's going to flare. (I'm thinking Phoenix may be a boy now, ventral's are much longer now, anal is nice and pointed and at least from this angle, I can't see any ovaries)
It's been stuck like that for over twelve hours. It doesn't look like there's anything wrong with it, it just sits kinda weird.
And she has very definite ovaries :) They're almost impossible to see when she's colored up like this, but when I clean the tank she goes pale and stripey and I can see them super well. You can sort of see them in this picture.
She looks so tiny compared to my Alaric! And I think we got them about the same time, didn't we? Crazy how their growth differs (even though she was quite a bit smaller than Alaric) She looks so inquisitive too!
Alaric gave me what I deemed as a fishy kiss tonight :) I was fixing his thermometer in his tank so it would stick on the wall again and I noticed him studying me, so I left my fingers in the water and went really still and he came up and bumped my finger once and swam away :) Everyone I talk to (not on this site) thinks I'm absolutely crazy for saying my fish have personalities and that they're intelligent little boogers. At least y'all here know just how true that is lol :)
She's pretty small, but she's almost 2/3 the size of the adult female I rescued (who was bigger than most of the females at the store, but is still fairly small).
I'm glad to hear Alaric is doing well! Yes, we did get them right around the same time :) I've gotten Phoenix to eat off of my finger a couple of times, and she always nibbles my finger before she goes for the food. And she is a very inquisitive little fish. She gets super duper excited whenever I come over to the tank and refuses to sit still. Pictures are not easy to take haha