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Old 07-16-2012, 03:51 PM   #1 
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Is my fish hurt?

I got Tippi from Petco yesterday... A beautiful delta male. I've heard lines can be from stress, and he has a line horizontally across him slightly darker than the rest of him, but this could be his spine. [you can kind of see the line on my avatar]

That's not what I am worried about that much though. On where is tail starts, his skin is all red. Same with the top fin. [Dorsal fin?]

Maybe I am being paranoid or overprotective of my fish, but is this normal?

[he is white/peach like most deltas]
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Old 07-16-2012, 03:58 PM   #2 
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It may just be some coloring change, keep an eye on him, if he's young, and as days go on, some red color may be starting to show..if there are any other odd behaviours, like lack of interest in food, or erratic swimming, then I would worry..but for now if he is eating, and swimming ok, then he's fine:)
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Old 07-16-2012, 05:32 PM   #3 
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Can we get a pic of him? That would help me figure out if what you are describing is normal or not.

The horizontal line you are describing is most likely his lateral line that all fish have. It is a series of nerves that help a fish navigate.
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It's a bit hard to get a good picture when he is swimming around, but here is his line I was talking about... [taken sideways]

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Is that his body..or a fin? That yu took the pic of?
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:20 PM   #6 
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The red line going across his body.
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:25 PM   #7 
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Hm... Those aren't stress stripes. There are usually 2 stripes going horizontally. I wonder what that is... Maybe growing colors?
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That's his lateral line.
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That's his lateral line.
What does that mean? like the vien, or bloodline?
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Old 07-16-2012, 11:50 PM   #10 
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It's a series of nerves that run from the snout to the tail that help the fish navigate in the water. It's how a blind betta doesn't run into the glass - he uses his lateral line.
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