Hi all, it's nice to meet you! I go by Seki on the internet. I just recently (as in a few days ago) purchased my very first betta! Sheik is a male crowntail, and I absolutely adore him! I'm looking forward to getting to know some people and looking at some gorgeous fish on this site! :)
My pretty boy! Hanging out near a corner in his tank so he's all distorted... LOL The picture doesn't do his colors justice, he is a lot prettier in person!
It's nice to meet both of you, thanks for the warm welcome! I've got to say, I never realized how much I would love having a betta! Sheik has such a fun personality, and he's already built a pretty bubblenest for me! lol
I have a silly question, and if this is the wrong place to ask it, someone please tell me...
I have had Sheik for 4 days. He had a blue body and blue fins with red tips and lighter blue highlights on them when I got him... but now I have noticed he has some sort of... silver scales? They are mostly on one side up near his head and they extend around underneath and a little bit onto the other side of his body. They are all concentrated up near the head, though, and I only noticed them today (he was flaring at me and I saw them). I tried to get a picture and I can't get him at the right angle to actually get one that isn't ruined by the glare of the tank. Should I be worried about these silver scales? He is as active and happy as ever, nothing seems to be wrong with him at all. The only change is that I got him an LED light for his tank today... could it be bad for him? It's outside the tank, not in the water.
A lot of these fish "Change Colors" on us..within a couple of weeks, after being in clean water, theier colors peak, and sometimes all kinds of irridecence shows, silver sounds very pretty..keep an eye ..for all new colors!!
Congrats on your betta! You will surely enjoy him. My friend's betta has similar silver scales that you are talking about. He is also a crowntail but mainly red and a darker body. I would not worry too much about it. Bettas tend to be very healthy if you keep him in clean water and a tank of at least 5 gallons.