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11-24-2012, 01:08 AM #1Junior Member Guppy
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Baby Betta question
I have owned 3 adult male bettas before, at different times, but I recently purchased a baby at the local Petco. Baby is about 1" long. The first picture I've attached is of when I got it about 2 mos ago. The fins have grown slightly since then as seen in the second picture (number 16). Its main coloration is light tan with black horizontal striping. It only gets that beautiful blue-green tinge when it irridesces in the light. Can anyone tell me what this little one is? I don't know if it's male or female or what kind of Betta it is. Will it eventually get more color? How old is it. Anyone breed bettas regularly and have a good guess? Thanks!!!
Little one is currently living in a 3/4 gallon tank with an airstone. I'm hoping that's big enough for now. Planning on getting something a little bigger when baby gets bigger.
11-24-2012, 03:34 AM #2
The horizontal striping is a stress line, if I've interpreted my own bettas' stripes correctly. Looks a bit like a female betta. Is there a white spot on the underbelly just behind the ventral find, forward of the anal fin?
But then, I could be wrong.
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11-24-2012, 01:35 PM #3
It looks as if this specimen is a Female Betta.
The stripes you see, are without doubt, stress stripes. These occur when there is something majorly inappropriate going on with the fish in its environment.
Here is what a Betta needs, in a nutshell. If one of these things is missing, then you have your likely culprit for the stress.
Tank Maintained at a constant 82F degrees
Minimum tank size 5 gallons
Cycled filtered tank
Plants silk or real providing plenty of overhead and spreading leaves
Gentle flow filtration
High quality varied diet of good Betta pellets, blood worms, brine shrimp
Well maintained ultra-clean environment, including a regular water maintenance schedule
If one or more of these are missing from your Betta's world, you will have your answer.2 10 gallon tanks, 1 20 gallon tank, 1 Fluval Edge, 1 29 gallon tank, and one backyard pond.
11-24-2012, 01:36 PM #4Junior Member Guppy
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I can't really tell if there is a white spot because baby is so pale on the underside anyway. I researched stress bars, and am guessing that might be it. I just put a silk plant in the container to provide some cover. How long do stress bars take to go away once the problem is solved?
I feed Betta flakes with freeze dried brine shrimp and sometimes some freeze dried bloodworms. I am always careful to break the food into small enough pieces for the little one to eat.
I do partial water changes every 2/3 days and try to do a full one every week or at the most two weeks, since it is only a 3/4 gallon tank. I will try to get a bigger tank as soon as I can, but it will take saving up for a while.
Thanks for the help!!!
Last edited by BabyBetta mom; 11-24-2012 at 01:46 PM.
11-24-2012, 02:56 PM #5
You can get a smaller tank for very little money...check on craigslist or chain pet stores or even wal mart if you have one nearby. Do you have a filter on that tank? You need one, or you have to do nearly 100% water changes once per week (or two 50%).
Tiari knows what she's talking about. She gave you what you need and what you need to do.
Load up on plants in that tank. If the baby is stressed, she needs places to rest. They have little betta log things at petsmart (a small ceramic log ornament) that she might like.
I am very glad that you care about this baby enough to post here and figure out how to give her a good environment. Please give her high priority in terms of getting a bigger tank and the equipment she needs. She's a baby fish...she needs you to care for her!Beth
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3 - 10 to 20 gallon planted betta tanks
My advice: slow down, think, and be willing to learn. Then you'll be fine, no matter what.
11-24-2012, 03:21 PM #6
a plain rectangular 10 gallon glass tank is a great home for a betta and its one of the cheapest tanks you can buy - usually 12-15$ depending on the store. Much cheaper than small "fancy" tanks they usually sell for bettas.300 gallon mega tank: sailfin pleco, clown loaches, silver dollars, roseline sharks, congo tetras, new world cichlids
125 gallon office tank: Africian cichlids, synodontis catfih
75 gallon community tank: bolivian rams, black skirt tetras, dwarf neon rainbowfish, corys, harlequin rasboras, otos, bristlenose and bulldog plecos, assassin snails, various shrimp
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11-24-2012, 11:46 PM #7
My guess would be the stress is caused by the lack of space ( 3/4 gallon is far too small), and lack of warmth. Betta are native to the Rice Paddies of Thailand, and so are a very warm water species. Cold temperatures will make them extremely susceptible to disease.
Do not attempt to heat 3/4 of a gallon of water with a heater, whatever you do. Aquarium heaters are meant for larger tanks, and can roast a fish in no time in a small tank.
Since I realize you are starting out, and may not have enormous funds, but wish to do the right thing, you can improve the quality of this fish's existence cheaply and effectively until such time that you can afford a better set up.
A 5 gallon tank. These can usually be gotten at box pet stores dirt cheap, usually just a few bucks.
A small adjustable heater
A thermometer (to gauge water temp)
A gentle air driven filter like the whisper ii, comes with its own air pump, and is dirt cheap. Not the,best, but it will do.
The continued stress stripes are basically a warning sign, that things are not right for your little Betta. Though I am reluctant to ever say this, even a two gallon fish bowl would be an improvement over 3/4 gallon, as any improvement in its situation is preferable until you are able to gain better housing.
Sadly containers sold in pet stores to home Betta are just not appropriate and inhumane, and believe me, no one here is blaming you. You likely had no idea, as unless you came to a fish forum, no one else seems to know either!2 10 gallon tanks, 1 20 gallon tank, 1 Fluval Edge, 1 29 gallon tank, and one backyard pond.