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    I rescued a baby betta, he (or she) is about 3/4 of an inch. Healthy, perked up, colors look good, and it's eating...well for the most part. I have some brine shrimp pellets that I have to crush up so the betta can eat them, and some BettaMin flakes I bought. So far my little betta eats the brine shrimp no problem but the flakes, which I was hoping to make the staple of his diet, he seems to bite at but spits them out. I'm hoping he'll just get used to them. Anyways, I've been poking around on the internet looking for info on baby betta fish. I was wondering if someone here has any insight, perhaps something special I should know about caring for a baby betta as opposed to a full grown one. Any and all info is appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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    I've been doing research on baby bettas since I've been considering the possibility of adopting one myself. :) Here's what I've learned:

    -Baby bettas need a high-quality high-protein pellet or flake (crushed) to eat as the staple, with 3-4 feedings a day. Frozen baby brine shrimp, frozen (chopped) brine shrimp, and frozen (chopped) blood worms all are good supplemental treats.

    -They need their water even warmer than adults (80F as the MINIMUM temp), and the water must be clean and dechlorinated. They need at least a 50% water change every other day (every day is preferable), both for water quality, and to get rid of the growth-stunting hormone they produce.

    -A cycled 5 gallon tank with plenty of betta-safe decorations for hiding is ideal, but 2 gallons with daily water changes and plenty of betta-safe hiding spots can work while they're little, and buy you some time to acquire and cycle a larger tank.

    Bettamin is not a great food to be giving him. The first three ingredients in it are: fish meal, ground brown rice, torula dried yeast. Two out of three are fillers! Ideally you want all three to be good quality meal, but two out of three will be fine, especially if the filler is the third ingredient. New Life Spectrum Grow would be ideal for a fry (the technical name for a baby fish), however NLS Grow isn't always available. Other good options are Omega One Betta Pellets (whole salmon, halibut, shrimp), NLS Betta or NLS Small Fish (both have herring meal, krill meal, and whole wheat flour). Pellets are better for bettas digestive tracts than flakes, but if you really really want to feed him flakes, then go with Omega One's Betta flakes.
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    Nice! Thanks for all of the info. I'll probably switch him to pellets when he gets older, just right now I'm afraid they'd be too big for him. It's funny, I hadn't looked at the ingredients of the food, I just assumed it would be good since it's tetra, but I have a ghost shrimp in there with him to clean up any excess food and he seems to not like the BettaMin flakes at all haha. Right now I think I'll stick with crushing the brine shrimp pellets and chopping up some freeze dried blood worms for him. I've also got a bucket outside where I'm "culturing" some bloodworms of my own to feed to the little guy. I feel like this BettaMin food may start supplementing my goldfish's diet soon.

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    【ツ】 - korith first fish for your community tank! - Cyberra a friend for your other neon ;) - Cyberra tetra #3 ;) - Cyberra looks like you like neons.... i hope - genocidex 
    because sometimes they school - genocidex a good school of neons is 6 minimal !!!!! - genocidex for playing along, gift of my choice!!!! - genocidex These seem to be quite popular... - ~firefly~ ...so here's another one... - ~firefly~ 
    ...and for luck, one more. - ~firefly~ 
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    Freeze dried bloodworms can clog up a betta's gut. As far as pellets being too big, that's where they get crushed first. :) Or I'm planning on getting a cheap little pill-cutter for some algae wafers for some snails I"m planning on getting, and that could possibly be used to cut a pellet down to size.

    Yeah, with any food (for yourself, or your pets), you really want to read ingredient lists. :)
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    Alright so I've been doing 50-75% water changes every day, and I just re-landscaped the tank with lots more silk plants and a different ornamental log for Mr Betta to hang out in. I've been feeding 3-4 times a day, a mix of everything I have to give him variety. I think his favorite is the live mosquito larvae (bloodworms) that I've been collecting out of buckets and such outside. I'm a little concerned about the little guy though because today he has barely been swimming around. I woke up and he was just sitting at the top of the tank, faded colors, and clenched fins. A few hours later I did a 75% water change and fed him a couple live bloodworms. He swam around a little bit, but now he's back resting at the top, on top of the thermometer, with clenched fins. Is this something I should be concerned about? The water parameters are good, he's eating fine, and now he has lots of plants and things to hide in. I should think he's in a perfect situation yet he still seems stressed.

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    Mosquito larvae and bloodworms are 2 different things, but anyway...what are your water parameters?
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    Nitrate 0, Nitrite 0, Hardness about 120 ppm, Alkalinity between 80 and 120 ppm, pH 7.2. I have the little test strips so they aren't as accurate as I would like.

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    TGIF Indeed!!! - Compass TGIF It's Miller time and my lawn is mowed :P - Taurus Sorry for your loss :( - steeler58 To renew your energy from posting so much.  :) - WhistlingBadger TGIF back at you ;-) - steeler58 
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    Nitrate 0, Nitrite 0, Hardness about 120 ppm, Alkalinity between 80 and 120 ppm, pH 7.2. I have the little test strips so they aren't as accurate as I would like.
    You are correct, those test strips are not near as accurate as the liquid test kits...lots of folks here use the API Master Test kit, it would be a wise investment for you.
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    Also, what's his temp? Babies need to be kept at a minimum of 80F.

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    Give the little thing a big loose clump of Java moss. It'll get tiny edible critters in it, most fish love to play or hide in the stuff, it helps oxygenate the water, and it needs no special lighting or care, just flop some in. My bettas all like it.

    How big is the tank?

    Also, yes, bloodworms and mosquito larvae are two things. Bloodworms are midge larvae, named for their color, and look like small red worms on the bottom. Mosquito larvae are just what their name says, and they're sort of wormy-looking but usually have one end of themselves touching the top of the water and are sort of brownish. They turn into these black comma-looking things in the pupal stage, and my fish love those even more than the larvae, but you gotta be careful or they turn into mosquitos. If you're getting them from a bucket outside, they're probably mosquito larvae. Honestly, it doesn't really matter which one you have, except that skeeter larvae are less likely to hide, as they have to be at the surface to breathe. They also survive long periods in saltwater, though it isn't really relevant in this case, just something to note for saltwater fish keepers.
    I hate hearing people say "it's only a $3/$5/$1 fish/shrimp, so it's ok if it dies, I can just get another." It's still an animal! All animals should be treated like they're worth $10,000.
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