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Old 05-09-2013, 04:30 PM   #1 
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Sick or natural color change?

Okay, so my betta's gils have gone a bit white around the edges. His colors have been changing recently. He's iridescent black/green/blue with white accents. He has a white patch on his head and white on his fins, and he had those when I first got him.
Now he's getting some white on his gills, but they've also changed and are more blue than black.

I have a feeling that this may just be him changing colors, but I just wanted to make sure and see what you guys thought. I don't want my little boy getting sick


Housing
What size is your tank? 5 gal
What temperature is your tank? my thermometer says 80˚ but it feels cooler than that (we're in South Florida, so its warm here anyway)
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? I have one, but it only gets used when needed
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None (he's a bully!)

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Pellets, freeze dried blood worms on occasion (he love pellets)
How often do you feed your betta fish? Daily, a few morning and night

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? every week and a half
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Conditioner + aquarium salt (just started with the salt)

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
-I just moved back home after the end of spring semester of college. I didn't test the water before we left, and I re-decorated his tank today so he has brand new water.

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Been going through some color changes recently...
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? It hasn't
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Early last week (it was finals week, and I didn't have the time to post about it then...)
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No. I've only had him for a few months though...
How old is your fish (approximately)?
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Old 05-09-2013, 04:50 PM   #2 
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Usually when the colors are going from light to dark it is a color change. Unnatural color(like ash gray/lack of color) is bad, as well as sudden faded coloration.

The white on the gills seems bad though, did you mean the gill covers? Gills should be a healthy pink, but the gill covers(the part that flares out) will be different colors.
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Old 05-09-2013, 04:52 PM   #3 
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I meant gill covers. Whoops!
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:56 PM   #4 
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Can you post a photo?
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Old 05-10-2013, 02:15 PM   #5 
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I tried to get one, but he's scared of both my camera and my phone. These two are the best I could get. They're not all that great.... (and the 2nd is warped b/c of his tank)
And his tail is getting treated now. For some reason he just loves to let it get sucked into the intake of his filter. I have some decorations blocking it so he can't do it anymore
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