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  1. So, against all my better judgement I fell into the baby betta trap. I really went back and forth on this decision a lot. The responsible and moral part of me really thought I shouldn't buy a baby betta because it is supporting the sale of these poor little fish that are more than likely ending up with owners who have little knowledge on how to care for them appropriately (and being taken away from their brothers and sisters at such an early age). The selfish part of me thought it would be really fun to try my hand at raising such a little guy. Plus to be able to have a fish that you know most of their history and what they have been exposed to etc. etc. The selfish part obviously won out, but I hope to be able to make this a learning opportunity for not only myself, but other people out there on the internet that may have fallen into this trap and are looking for info on how to care for these guys. I have been doing a lot of research, but I am still not totally sure of what I am doing, or if what I am doing is correct. I grabbed some Hikari first bites (which petco sold) and some baby brine shrimp eggs. I haven't tried to make the brine shrimp yet, so I'll update you on how that goes. I also picked up some repashy meat pie because I figured that would be another easy to eat food for the little one. I plan to feed small amounts several times a day. The tank is at 78F and he is being kept in a breeder basket in the larger 6 gallon tank so that he will not get sucked into the filter and so that I can keep a close eye on him and how he is doing and eating. He still has some stress stripes, but they are less pronounced than when I got him. Any info on how long these take to go away typically? He is not really showing any color yet. If anyone has any tips for me on taking care of this little guy please please add them here! I hope this blog will not only be useful to me but to others as well. Video:
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