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Old 05-04-2009, 06:30 PM   #1 
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Zazu! Will he change colors?

I just got a betta named Zazu. I fell in love with this other blue betta the other day but when I went to buy him the next day he was gone. Earlier today I went to another pet shop and found a betta I thought was blue but they were in cups with blue water.

Well, he's not blue. His body is a whitish orangish with a light blue fin and dark purple tips. He almost looks pale.












He's very pretty. I was just wondering if maybe he'll change colors? He has a light hue of blue on some of his back scales on his body and he's pale. Someone else had a betta exactly my color and now there's is turning purple in healthy water. The water he was in was disgusting. Maybe he'll change colors? I don't know.

He's very active and friendly. But he keeps swimming and staring at his reflection I think in the sides and totally ignores the 3 plants and rocks I have. Is there a way to get him to swim through the plants and stop staring at himself?

Also, there's something, I think, on his gills. It almost looks black. Or maybe it's just his gills sticking out a little.

So, questions:

1. Will he change colors?
2. How can I get him to be more intereted in the plants?
3. What is that stuff on his gills, if it's anything?

Thanks! I love Zazu and just wanted to share pictures with a few questions.
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Old 05-04-2009, 06:44 PM   #2 
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1. I doubt he'll actually change colors, but the colors he has might become alot more bold. If you see a little blue it could defiantly come out more with a proper diet and water changes.
2. I would just give him some time to explore, eventually he will get bored with his reflection and begin to swim around. I had the exact same thing happen with my male.
3. I really don't know the pics look normal to me.
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Old 05-04-2009, 06:53 PM   #3 
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1) generally bettas are pretty well set on their colors by a year old, which is the age of most pet shop bettas. i agree that he may become more vibrant. the happier he is, and the more room he has the swim, the brighter he'll become.
2) try different kinds of plants. I like silk ones with broad leaves. Mine like to lie on them. They also seem to like tall plastic grass plants. Gives them a place to nap.
3)see if you can get him to flare with a mirror. You may see those black things on his gills you're worried about come out. If that's the case, they're just part of him.

i like the last pic. he looks like fire!
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Old 05-04-2009, 07:01 PM   #4 
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also, regular bright lighting (no direct sun!) can help fish color up. mine turned into little ghosts (see photo section) when i left them in the dark for 2 days.
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Old 05-04-2009, 07:09 PM   #5 
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Lani, your betta Bluey is amazing. Where did you find him?

The water he was in was absolutely disgusting. He definitely looks pale. I see some scales so I think he might change colors a little...

I'm hoping the little guy will grow on me. I had my heart set on a blue one and I thought he was blue when I bought him but the water just made him appear blue.

He won't flare at the mirror.

I'd hate to say it but is it possible to return him to get another one? I just feel like I bought the wrong fish.
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Old 05-04-2009, 07:15 PM   #6 
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He's very pretty! He may brighten up a bit after you've had him awhile.I agree with Lanibaby, he does look like fire in the last pic.Mine don't pay much attention to their plants, either, except Jaden. He loves to sleep on his plant and lately he's been resting on the thermometer. :)
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Old 05-04-2009, 07:45 PM   #7 
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Forget what I said about returning him. I like this little guy. He's very nice and doesn't mess with the other two zebra danios in his tank. A little conceited since he keeps staring at himself, lol... but I'm going to nurse this guy back to health. I think he'll turn out very pretty.
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Old 05-04-2009, 07:46 PM   #8 
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Now how can I get him to notice the food pellets... He won't eat them... but it's his first day.
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Old 05-04-2009, 07:56 PM   #9 
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Just give him time to get used to his new home. You could name him Narcissus, since he likes looking at himself so much. lol
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Old 05-04-2009, 10:43 PM   #10 
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Oh my gosh! Return him?!?! But he's so gorgeous. IBut then again, i guess I'm kind of sick of lookinga t blue ones personally and I have a thing for oddly colored ones.

Haha. Mine ignores his plants most of the time too. It's rather silly. I've had him for a couple weeks and he's just starting to want to spend more time exploring than trying to fight himself.
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