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Old 02-28-2012, 03:35 PM   #1 
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Unhappy sparta really needs to grow

okay, sparta is my 1 fry from my last spawn the red HMxVT spawn from November,22(?), 2011 and i have one fry left. 4 days ago he/she turned 3 months, but he/she is wayy under size am starting to worry, i do every 2nd day changes (should i make it daily? ) and it is actually %100 percent changes, and he/she lives in i don't even think it is a gallon tank and i feed him/her HBH baby bites, since i have i can't hatch BBS and i don't have money to buy a culture of what evers. and his size is around this: (smaller i think) and he/she has no coloration either, he only has red tinted eye's and that's it. if anyone knows another way i would appreciate it
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Old 02-28-2012, 03:53 PM   #2 
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I've had some take a long time to grow. Since you can't buy any cultures, try smashing betta pellets and see if he can eat them. My fry that hatched in December are eating crushed betta pro pellets.
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Old 02-28-2012, 03:53 PM   #3 
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If the fry wasn't given the right nutrition/care from early on, it will probably take a long time to rectify.

I have 12 or so 4-5 month old Betta albimarginata fry that received hardly any proper nutrition and care, and only now with lots of daily feeding and water changes am I seeing improvements in growth rates.

Likewise, some recent fry that are 2-3 weeks old and have received proper nutrition and care since I separated them into a grow-out, are nearly as big as some of those 4-5 month old ones.

Can I ask how come you can't hatch BBS? All I use is a 2L soft drink bottle, warm, de-chlorinated water, table salt and an air stone. It's fairly simple and the only real pain is that you need to do it regularly.
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Old 02-28-2012, 04:14 PM   #4 
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oh okay, i'll try it but ....uh my pellets are pretty big though there a half the size of a rice grain, the reason i can't hatch BBS because some reason they either don't hatch or the die the next day :( and my dad sometimes puts them on the window because he dosen't like it so i find it on my window freezing cold (it's winter here)
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Old 02-28-2012, 04:21 PM   #5 
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Ah, I keep mine in a plastic tub filled with water and with the cheapest heater I could find chucked in.

If Sparta is taking the pellets and they have enough nutrients for fry (you really need a high-protein food to put on size), I say just give it some time.
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Old 02-28-2012, 04:36 PM   #6 
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how will you crush the pellet's with? i don't want to use something that could contaminate the food
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Old 02-28-2012, 04:46 PM   #7 
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Your tank and wc schedule sounds adequate.
If you have Frozen BW, cut them down to size to feed him.
You can use 2 spoons to crush your pellets or sterilize a small rock and grind it with that.
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Old 02-28-2012, 04:54 PM   #8 
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I used a penny when my Petco "baby betta" was still too small for the regular size New Life Spectrum betta pellets. I didn't have any issues with it, just make sure it's a clean coin.
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Old 02-28-2012, 05:04 PM   #9 
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Wow that's cold.
Will try some frozen bbs,daphia or tubflix worm.
Idk what size is your fry but if the frozen food is a bit to big.
Chop it down.
There a lot of culture
Not many people use this but it also work.
Get some clean worm from a bait fish store
Culture them.
Get none toxic soil base/potting soil bedding
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Old 02-28-2012, 07:15 PM   #10 
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CFB: he/she this big: maybe a bit smaller
got new pics of sparta: some of them you could see a red tint in his eye's



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