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Old 08-09-2012, 08:32 PM   #1 
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pale sometimes normal?

i have a marble blue and white female. about 6 months or so old. sometimes i walk in the room and i notice shes noticeably pale. no stress stripes just pale. then i walk in later and her color is back.

sort of like when they are sleeping and you suddenly turn on the light but it happens during the day or anytime with bright lights.

i have had her for i think a month and the first 2 weeks she was not turning pale like this. just recently for about the last week.

other then that she seems fine. eatting well and fins are not drooping. active like normal.

i am not talking about color change because she is marble. just really pale sometimes and color comes back randomly.

could this be normal?
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Old 08-10-2012, 01:16 PM   #2 
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Hi. Well what size is her tank? Does she have filtration? Does she have a heater? Hows the water quality? In my experience of owning betta a betta that turns pale is a bad sign. Sometimes the factors might be to poor quality or a drop of temperature. Since bettas are freshwater fish they are more comfortable in warm water.
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Old 08-10-2012, 01:25 PM   #3 
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You said this would sometimes happen when you turned the lights on or off? She may be a skittish girl who stresses easily. Or there may be some other underlying condition.

If you could answer as many of the questions in our form as possible, we might be able to tell if there is something off.

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