I have had my purple betta, Stanley, for a bit over 2 months now and I have noticed something strange. I was wondering if anyone else has encountered this or similar.
Usually he's a lovely deep vibrant purple with a black head however if he hasn't seen me all day or I come home late from work his colour is off.
You can see more of the pink/red on his body and lower fins. His head is a more dark brown and can see red markings on the side of his face. Along the underside of his head and belly it goes a white/silver. He also seems a tad agitated, darting around his tank.
I usually think he's hungry and sometimes he will eat but other times he just looks at the pellet and swims away and refuses to eat for a while.
Once he sees me and realises I'm home, after a few minutes, his colour improves and he calms right down. Still active but no longer darting and will eat some food. It's as if he's stressing that he hasn't seen me in a while. It kind of reminds me of separation anxiety you can see in dogs or cats.
He's an odd one. lol