I had shutoff the pump because there was too much flow and he/she was all over the place. Over lunch I put some filterfloss into the pipe and was able to slow down the flow to keep the pump on, however now it is too slow and it is still too cold. Hopefully I can get everything tuned tonight along with an adjustable heater, so that there is just enough flow and heat to make the filter usable and keep the betta happy.
At this point Mr/Mrs Betta is swimming and eating just fine. Likes to sit on top of the return pipe.
I'm compelled to buy the babies, simply because I feel really bad for them. I feel like they're much more fragile than the adults, and the adults actually go quicker here because the babies are sold very young (they look to be much younger than the ones posted in this thread, only half an inch in length) & therefore are pretty much colorless. They're almost invisible in the little cups they're kept in.
I was going to buy a big, flashy male, but I decided to go for the baby. Not only did I feel bad, but I liked the idea of not knowing the gender or type, so I went for it. I'm glad I did. Two weeks later, he (I'm pretty sure he's a male) has been super healthy and active, has more than doubled in size and is a vibrant royal blue:
Today I went and got another baby. I swear, they were even tinier than last time! I went for the smallest one there, who looks marbled. I'm interested in how it's coloring is going to turn out.
Already it's pretty active, doing very well and curiously examining everything. Comes right up to the bowl when I check it out.
Anyway, I have to say I really love the baby betta experience. In my opinion, the less time they spend in teeny little cups, the better!
Just thought I'd give an update and upload some new pics! Cali is so spunky! I swear he dances for the camera, and his fins may have already grown since I got him yesterday! Either that or they just unfurled more or something. Already his fins are exhibiting some red color, I am so excited to see how he turns out. Anyway, I put the bowls side by side, since they'll be sharing a divided tank, and they're fascinated by each other.
Floyd seems to be developing a black head, too! He's definitely becoming quite the handsome fish. He's not as photogenic, though, and hides as soon as the little red light trains itself on him. I think it's a game, because he never hides, just zooms back and forth. Hopefully my big tank will have better lighting so I don't have to use the flash, I hate how it washes his color out to turquoise.
They both have really long ventral fins for how small they are, so I'm thinking they'll both end up males, but only time will tell! Once I get their big tank, I'm getting an adult betta for my grandma. Can't wait! I've officially been bitten by the betta bug... uh oh.
They are looking good! Sounds like you have decided Cali is a male? Uh oh is right! If you've been bit by the bug, you and your checkbook are in serious trouble! That bug bites too easily.
Thanks! ^.^ I'm really starting to wonder if he is! Lol I may have to resign myself to him being male,(I was considering breeding when they got older, especially if the marbling is really cool) but he's only really 4 weeks old, maybe 5 weeks, so I guess we'll see! I swear his anal fins doubled in length overnight, though. His ventral fins are skinny, but that could just be age. Floyd has got rather thick looking ventral fins, I'm almost sure he's male. Arrrgh, I wish there was a definite way to tell when they're babies. I am so not a patient person.
I'm with you on not being patient! It's funny, because I like the idea of not knowing what you are getting with a baby, but I also would want to know as soon as I have them at home what they are!
That's exactly how I feel! Haha type-wise, too! I'm thinking (well, hoping) they're crowntails. I thought they'd pretty much all be veiltails, but the guy at Petco assured me it was a totally mixed bag, even when I told him I was going to buy it anyway. So here's hoping something cool comes out!