Our Petco had babies for a while, but I guess they stopped selling or something because I haven't seen them for months. Which I guess is good news? They also seem to carry less in general....or maybe they were just waiting for a new shipping.
So I saw Baby Betta's in person for the first time today. They were all a few CM long. But there was one, who was like, the width of my pinky nail. (It's like, a childs nail almost. They never "grew up" with me. )
Is that normal? How big are the baby Betta's when you guys usually get them?
Awww guys, if people didn't buy them, they'd just die at Petco at a very young age. Even for those less experienced owners like myself, I'm sure we do a better job than those cups. Heck any tank is better than those cups.
I just research a lot to make sure I'm doing the right thing for him.
Poseidon is becoming a very handsome ruby betta. And he's growing all the time, so I figure I must be helping him. I even got him through his first fin damage episode.
I had to take him with when I was going to be gone a couple of days and he got stressed out and his fins were flaky for a day. But I got medicine at the store and figured it out for him, and he's in full color and health again.
I never really paid attention to the baby bettas at my local PetCo, but peeked at them on Saturday. There is a dedicated mini-shelf of sorts for them and all but 3 were dead.
Kinda sad, but not surprising. I feel like raising these little critters should be something people "graduate" to, so to speak. I mean, with the whole fishbowl culture these big box stores promote and encourage for bettas, I can't imagine too many of the baby fish lasting too long, either in the store cups or in a tiny, unheated bowl at someone's home if they don't know what they are doing.
Overall, it seems like just a gimmick to me, which is unfortunate. If Pizza Hut wants to come out with a new gimmick pizza every few months, cool. But for stores to sell these guys when a good chunk of their patrons don't understand basic betta care= bad news.
Oh well, I am glad the knowledgeable keepers here have found some nice baby fish and gave them adequate homes.
The "baby bettas" we see in store should be anywhere from 2-3 months old. the larger females juveniles are 3months+
Most if not all are stunted...
I also have a feeling that most around around 3 months but are the runts of the spawn. ie the ones on the smaller side.
Whoever is breeding these bettas will profit more from selling the males and the ones that grew faster, rather than the smaller ones. so it's logical that these stunted juvies or sexable females are sold as "petco babies"