I'll try and cut back to every other or third day on the water changes and phase out the salt. Yes, Start Right is a dechlorinator. The babies are so fragile, but for the most part, they seem to be doing okay (for now). Things change quickly. But as of today, everyone is eating well and swimming happily. Thanks!
Little guy passed away late last night. I got the babies and the juveniles from Petco, so I'm not sure of their ages. The babies are about the size of the last bone in my pinky finger. The juveniles look to be about 3-4 weeks ahead of them. The babies are in 1/2 gallon tanks without filtration, since they can't fight the current yet. I had been doing water changes every day. My usual water routine is 1/2 rounded teaspoon AQ salt with 10 drops of Start Right to a gallon. Their temp is about 78-80 degrees set up in an unconventional way. I've purchased hermit crab heaters that go under the tanks and have turned the bathroom of my basement apartment into a "nursery". It's the warmest room in the place. I have set up an oil heater to then heat the room. The tanks all have lids that are vented and collect condensation on the inside. I have been feeding them the New Life small pellets about 3 pellets 3-4 times a day. Thanks so much for any further tips and suggestions!
I hope you don't mind that I'm contacting you. I was told you were the person to talk to about very young bettas. The baby betta bug has bitten me and I am currently trying to raise 4 tiny babies, 4 juveniles, and 5 adults. My littlest boy that I rescued about a week ago just today started showing the beginning signs of what could be SBD. This morning, he was up swimming around, eating normally and trying to get at his "sister" through the tank. By late this afternoon, he was laying on the bottom of the tank and having trouble swimming and even keeping his back end down. No pine cone yet. I did his daily 100% water change today and added some epsom salt mixture to his normal treated water. Epsom salt mixture was 1 teaspoon to 1 gallon. At this early in life, I'm assuming that's about all I can do, right? Any advice/tips would be SO welcome & appreciated. I really want this little guy to pull through.