Baby Female Beta Has Breeding Stripes??

paloma17

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I got my baby betta about 2 months ago, and she’s still pretty small, doesn’t have full color yet. I was gone for the weekend, but I fed her before I left and it shouldn’t have been a problem. Today I get back, she’s sitting on the heater in the corner (its flat on the bottom, I don’t have substrate), and she doesn’t swim around when she sees me. I give her some food, and lo and behold she has vertical breeding stripes!



It’s hard to see in the photo but she also appears slightly bloated. I haven’t done any tests yet as I just found her like this just now, but has anyone else had a... prepubescent (I guess??) betta display breeding behaviors?
 

CraniumRex

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I don’t have female bettas but possible they are stress bars. Is your thermometer right? She might be c-c-c-old. Looks like just a little over 20C or 72F.

Yes she does look a little bloated. Cooked shelled pea maybe would help.
 
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paloma17

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CraniumRex said:
I don’t have female bettas but possible they are stress bars. Is your thermometer right? She might be c-c-c-old. Looks like just a little over 20C or 72F.

Yes she does look a little bloated. Cooked shelled pea maybe would help.
I have a heater in the tank AND a heating pad (originally for plants) underneath it, and I can’t seem to keep it as high as I should most of the time (even though I keep the ambient room temp as high as I can stand). I’ve seen her with stress stripes before and those are always horizontal, these were decidedly vertical. I did some tests and all the parameters were well within limits. The only thing I can think of that might even potentially trigger it is I got a new adult male beta, but his tank is on a different shelf completely out of sight of hers so that doesn’t make much sense.
 

CraniumRex

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Ah I wasn’t sure which way the bars went.

Sucks about the heater - I wonder if the thermometer is off?

Hope she is okay - sorry I wasn’t much help!
 

WanhiBetta

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what are your exact parameters? You should buy another heater if the one you have goes below 78, because this is way too cold for a betta and will affect her immune system in the long run.
 

Cinnabar

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She doesn’t look bloated. Mature females will always be a little chubby if you feed them right. She’s probably just going through puberty right now so...
 

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