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Old 12-05-2012, 08:58 AM   #1 
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Betta losing color!

Housing
What size is your tank?
20gal long
What temperature is your tank?
78 degrees
Does your tank have a filter?
yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
no
Is your tank heated?
yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?
other female bettas, six corydoras, and between 4-7 amano shrimp

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
Aqueon Betta food
How often do you feed your betta fish?
Once daily in the morning

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change?
Weekly on a Tuesday or Wednesday
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
25-30%,
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
None, we have well water with no harmful additives. I will occasionally use stress coat or melafix when I have added new fish.

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrite:0ppm
Nitrate: 40ppm
pH:7.4
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
My green double tail girl has gone from looking like this:



To this, over the course of about three weeks:





How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
She is still acting normally and eating normally.

When did you start noticing the symptoms?
About two to three weeks ago.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
The tank is currently being treated for Velvet: 20ml Malacide on 12/4, 12/6, and 12/8. The filter cartriges have been removed.
I have not started treatment for Cornix, as I am not sure what the problem is. The closest thing I can find online is False Neon Tetra Disease/Neon Tetra Disease.

Does your fish have any history of being ill?
No.
How old is your fish (approximately)?
About a year old.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:24 AM   #2 
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Neon Tetra Disease would not do that. By the looks of it, she just decided to jump colors lol. Looking at the second and third picture, shows that the colors are solid, rather that sketchy or blotted as some diseases can do. Not sure if this is classified as marble, or an actual jumping gene. I'm thinking jumping gene. I have yet to find a betta who does that, but there are a few people on here who have had drastic changes in their fish's color and believe that they are sick. She has been acting fine, yes?
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:41 AM   #3 
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She has been acting fine. healthy appetite, activity, etc. I had no idea that jumping colors existed, aside from marbling. Could this be something like reverse marbling?
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:16 PM   #4 
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Not exactly sure. I have only seen a handful of cases like this, and many of them ask just like you "what illness is this?!" Let me see if I can dig it up...

quoted by Indjo, "By marble, I'm referring to the "jumping" gene that makes bettas change color. Usually from dark color to what I call "no color" - pale/cellophane (sometimes dark to paper white or vise versa) and sometimes change further either to it's original dark color or to a different dark color. I often get marbles from breeding non marbles - specially if I use new (bought betta) genes in my breeding. And further breeding their offspring will give me a few marbles..... partially dominant."

It's pretty cool! http://www.bettafish.com/showthread....t=jumping+gene

that is the thread I snatched that tidbit from
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:51 PM   #5 
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You have really beautiful girlies! Just had to say that.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:00 PM   #6 
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I have to second that
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Old 12-06-2012, 02:16 PM   #7 
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I know someone who has a MG boy just start to have the colour "drain" from him. He turned into a yellow boy. It was shocking to see the progression of the change.

It had not harmed the fish, but it was just stunning to see.
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:09 PM   #8 
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It surprises you
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:44 PM   #9 
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Thanks for all your help guys. I will keep an eye on her and post more pictures if she continues to lose her lovely green color. :(

Thank you for the compliments as well!
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:01 AM   #10 
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Just a video update, plus a couple of the girls.
http://youtu.be/YkkEw19EPxc
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