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Old 01-08-2013, 02:53 PM   #1 
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New male

After losing 2 of my males I have restarted with
My gang of 3. Sheldon, new Leonard, new Howard. Yes they are named after The Big Bang Theory. Anyway all is going great just have a question about new Leonard's coloring. He is blue with some red undertones and he also has dark striped that run down his body. Is that normal for males to have? Is it a sign of stress or readiness to mate? He is eating great NLS pellets they each get about 3 in the a.m 3 in p.m (they are teeny tiny). Occasional glassworm frozen thawed. I'm still trying to figure out how to get pictures on here. But when I do I'll post.
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Old 01-08-2013, 03:01 PM   #2 
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Please fill this out so we can help you.

Also you don't have the males living together do you?
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Old 01-08-2013, 03:45 PM   #3 
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What size is your tank? 10 gallon divided into two 5 gallon
What temperature is your tank? Steady 79
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? Betta male on each side

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? NLS
How often do you feed your betta fish? 3 pellets in a.m 3 in p.m (teeny tiny pellets)

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? 25% 1x weekly 50% 1x weekly
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? See above
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Seachem prime stress coat

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

Ammonia:0
Nitrite: unsure
Nitrate: unsure
pH: 7.8
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? No
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Nervous first couple days now swims to front greets me. Eats readily
When did you start noticing the symptoms? He acts fine just wondering about the stripes
Medication/treatment used? API stress coat with aloe Vera
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No idea
How old is your fish (approximately)? Unsure
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Old 01-08-2013, 03:50 PM   #4 
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Personally I've not seen any of my males with stripes, just my females. But. If I remember correctly it is possible but so some more experienced with it will need to chime in.
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Old 01-08-2013, 03:52 PM   #5 
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Shellieca that's what I was thinking. I know for a fact it's a male because he is old enough to tell and has long flowing fins.
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Old 01-08-2013, 04:19 PM   #6 
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Old 01-08-2013, 04:22 PM   #7 
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Cute names!

It kind of sounds like a stress stripe. How long have you had them? Most pet stores don't take good care of their Bettas, so maybe it's stress from that and he'll be fine once he's all settled into his new home.
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Old 01-08-2013, 04:48 PM   #8 
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Today will make day 5 with me. He didn't eat the first day and half. Now he greets me and takes his pellets and his treats. (frozen thawed glassworms). His fast day is on Fridays so we will see how he likes that. He's a begger for sure.
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:53 PM   #9 
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Stripes are stress but photos will be helpful to be sure
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