What Mr.Vampire said was correct, however, here (first part- I'm not taking info from here http://www.bettysplendens.com/articl...?articleid=809
. Second part- Info I'm using is in here http://www.bettysplendens.com/articl...?articleid=839
the youngsters looked like a pretty drab bunch of solid brown or cambodian fish. It wasn't until the males were jarred that they grew territorial and began flaring at their neighbors; that's when their dynamic color appeared.
Therefore, it leads one to believe that we colors we love in our bettas would be supressed when and if they were more social, because that super bright coloring is a very good way to impress others and defend the territory, and therefore wouldn't be needed or wanted because they are social (unless it was the alpha male, who would definately be colorful)
Carpenter: we might want to move our little debate over to the other thread. XD