New Era Bettas

Its been awhile since we have owned bettas, but i recently made a trip to the local fish store and picked up 3 nice bettas and awhole bunch of memories.

Since I have been out for so long, there has been alot of advances in the new era of bettas. Certainly one can go down the street and find a larger chain store that is selling bettas that at one point were only accessable via internet. My recent trip has lead me to obtain a very nice and clean yellow veil tail betta male, a clean yellow veil tail female, and petcos rendition of a giant betta, called their king betta.

Just from my trip to petco, they are selling many types of bettas. You can get halfmoons, deltas, female crowntails, king bettas, double tails, crowntails, and veils. This is quite an assortment for a large chain store and while it does vary on quality from store to store, my interest in petco’s new king betta has lead me to venture into their store and inspired me to write this page.

So for this first update, i want to discuss their king betta. Giant bettas are truely giant in size, often plakats but they are very heavy in body and can reach about 6 inches long. While you can order very fancy giants online, i suggest making a trip to petco to buy one of your own. They are rahter expensive as a betta is concerned but for avaliblity you cant beat going down to petco and buying one of their king bettas. King bettas are very easy to care for, just like any other betta. Im currently studying how my new king betta interacts with my standard veil. He is certainly larger and has adjusted well to his new home. Flaring and showing off his massive body.

To close for now: there has been great advances in coloration since i left. You can see alot of metallic bettas and certainly alot of dragon bettas.

On a final note: There is going to be alot of controversy about my decision to embrace petco, yes while some stores need a kick in the pants to improve their stock and care for their animals. It does vary from store to store, so it is unfair to judge or be prejudice against them. I personally recommend if you have a good store, to check out their new stock of bettas and certainly this is your chance to get a once priced giant betta for 14.99 USD.

Raising The Fry (Betta Babies)

When the fry are free swimming for about 3 days, It is a good diea to remove the male. His job is done, and please see the post care for male betta section in the betta breeding page. The fry dont need to be feed for about 1 more day, Live plants are recommended as the inforuisa that is carried by the plants will provide food for the baby bettas. After you remove the male it is important to keep the water very still for 3-5 days. After that day, than it can be ok to turn on the sponge filter on low. Now it would be a good idea to start a brine shrimp culture that is if you didn;t already start the culture. Crushing up betta food untill it is very fine is a good food to use. Very little though.

Growouts. Most people tend to growout their young bettas in larger tanks such as 55 gallons. They are great, as they give the bettas plenty of room to grow and move around. It is a good thing to add extra live plants, as grow tanks tend to get very dirty. Snails and ghost shrimps would be another good item to add to the tank. Another form of growout would be out door ponds. If you live in warm enough areas, you can get some outdoor ponds and grow out your bettas. This is better for some reasons. The direct sunlight will give your bettas brighter colors. Just remember to take some out from time to time to check on their growing progress. In about 2-3 months, it will be time to take the males out and seperate them.

Remember to stock up on jars. When it comes time to seperate the fishes, i always like to seperate some females as well. The reason for this is because their fins will be better than if they get damaged in the grow out tank. The males will have alittle longer fins and start to fight with eachother. At this time, it is time to move them out of the grow out tank and into their jars.