I was given a male betta in a vase with a peace lily as a housewarming gift. I haven't owned a fish before, but knew enough to know that a vase isn't an adequate home for any fish, so went out and bought a 5G tank, heater, and thermometer. I treated the water before putting the fish in the tank.
The tank came with a filter, but it was too strong, so I put it away and ordered a low-flow one, which came today. In the meantime I've been monitoring ammonia levels (fine so far) and just ordered a full test kit which should arrive in a few days.
My question is that about the betta's color. Since we got him, the tips of his fins (and his entire top fin) are a brilliant blue, but the rest of the fins (not tips) and his body are more gray. I thought the better water would help his color, but it hasn't changed. He's very active and is eating normally.
Can this just be his normal color, or is the dull body/fins a sign of disease? His fins are long and I don't see signs of eroding fins at all - just the color issue. I always thought of bettas as being brilliantly colored all over.
I don't know how long this little guy lived in the small vase before we got him, or how old he is, or whether his water was ever changed before we got him.
Thanks for any help. My kids are very attached to this guy, and we want to help him be as healthy as possible.