So Friday marked Day 14 of life with a baby Betta ... and it sure has been interesting. This little guy/girl seems to grow and change by the day, and I'm almost sure he's a boy - since he got a new neighbor (Suma, my female crowntail who I brought home last Wednesday - she is in an separate tank but they can see each other) he's been flaring a lot and I think I can see a little tiny beard.
Also, it is killing me to know what tail type he or she is and I don't know if it's just that he's (she's) too little or whether I am just too inexperienced, but I can't figure it out. I thought maybe delta tail, but now I'm thinking maybe halfmoon? I don't really care ... I just want to KNOW! Any ideas?
Ok, so I was getting really aggravated with these terrible iPhone pics because they were always so blurry, so last night I got out my Canon and took a few shots. Here are two that really show his/her tail and I'm hoping one of the experts here can tell me what tail type I've got here.
Thanks, Xeek! A veil tail? Really? That is the one tail type that I wouldn't have guessed! I guess maybe because I've only seen adults? That would be just fine with me, since my first Betta is a veiltail and I think he is stunning! This baby's coloring is a bit unique, I think - in that he sort of changes colors depending upon the light. The picture I posted last night was taken four days ago with my iPhone 4s and in that picture he looked mostly reddish, which isn't the case. When viewed with the aquarium light on he has lots of other colors - green, turquoise, etc. as well as the red. I think some of what you're seeing in the picture here as far as colors is due to the flash, but not all. It's certainly fun watching him grow up and change - which he does on a daily basis it seems like. Anyway, thanks for your input!
Hi, Xeek. I think maybe these photos are making him look bigger than he is. IRL he is maybe an inch long now nose to tail. I've had him about two and a half weeks (Friday was 14 days) and this is how he looked on Day 1:
SO I don't really know - but based on the little research I have done I was estimating him at about two months old or so. What do you think?