Today, I entered my local Petco to get my 3 Bettas their fish food. However, like always, I couldn't help take a peak at the bettas. And yes, as you may have guessed by now, I did end up bringing one home. :D As I was scanning the tiny cups for the bettas, I came to one that appeared empty. I picked it up and looked into the cup from the bottom. There she was.
A tiny Betta fry, smaller than any Betta I had ever seen. I wanted to throw up. She had horrible stress stripes, she was a pale pale blue and probably fin rot although her fins were so tiny it was hard to tell for sure. On the top of her cup, she was labeled "Baby Betta".
It turns out, Petco has started a new chain of "Baby Betta"s. And they were all dead. Except Lily, the one I decided to purchase for $1.99 . How sick.
I searched the forums and I couldn't find a thread about this, so I apologize if this has already been discussed. And also if this thread should be moved, please let me know how because I wasn't quite sure how I could.
Ugh, I know! It's terrible. I saw the baby bettas for the first time a few days ago. At least there weren't any dead ones with the ones I saw. I almost took one home but I wanted to do a little more research so I would know how to properly care for them. Good luck with her! I hope she survives.
What have you been feeding your baby? I have blood worms, and betta flakes (the pellets haven't been fitting in her mouth). I crushed the flakes and I think I saw her eating one but I can't be sure. Would you suggest I get some brine shrimp? My petco doesn't have live, so would dried be alright?
At the request of newarkhiphop, I tried taking pictures of Lily but they were all horrible, since my mother has our camera and the only other one I have is on my ipod. The camera on my Ipod is horrible for close ups, or pictures of small objects like Lily. Sorry.
My baby was big enough to eat the tiniest of new life spectrum betta pellets. I make sure she eats when I feed everyone, and she's definitely getting bigger. There's fry food, but I haven't needed it. She can eat a bit of freeze dried bloodworms if I crumble some.