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Old 08-15-2009, 06:00 AM   #1 
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What does it mean when their color appears to fade?

For instance, my bettas body looks like the color has faded, he looks like a pale red more than a bright one. he also seems to rest a lot lately on the plants. It's still a new tank, so I'm not sure what might be wrong. He still also swims a lot and still eats.
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Old 08-15-2009, 06:17 AM   #2 
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Also sometimes he swims with his body vertically but he's just swimming around the tank so his body should normally be positioned horizontally, right?
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Old 08-15-2009, 06:39 PM   #3 
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Betta will swim at weird angles some times. He may be battling a swim bladder issue though. Getting pale is from stress, probably do to the new home. That should come back in a few days or so.

What do you feed him and how often? It would not hurt to fast him a day.
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Old 08-15-2009, 06:42 PM   #4 
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Ugh, so it seems he's gotten bloated. Which has just come about as of today, I hadn't fed him yet, just got home a little bit ago actually. So I remedy this by just not feeding him for a day? I've been keeping his diet varied... frozen blood worms and frozen brine shrimp, he doesn't seem to go for the flakes or freeze dried blood shrimp. Is there anything else I can do to make him less stressed and more comfortable?
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Old 08-15-2009, 06:45 PM   #5 
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What do you feed him and how often? It would not hurt to fast him a day.
Once a day. I cut a little sliver off of the frozen cubes.

Edit: Frozen blood worms and brine shrimp, I swap them every other day.

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I'd fast him a day or two and keep an eye on him. Maybe give him a salt bath to bolster his immune system some.

Also what is your water temp?
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Alrighty, thanks! :) I was thinking I would go to petsmart to a: have his water tested and b: get some of the special salt.
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Old 08-15-2009, 07:00 PM   #8 
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Also what is your water temp?
I don't know :( This tank doesn't have a thermometer or a heater... but a thermometer is on my list of things to get at petsmart this evening.
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Ok, so got a thermometer, his tank water is at about 72 degrees. Gave him a salt bath too, he did well! Now I'm going to do a 20% water change in hopes that it will help as well.
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Old 08-15-2009, 08:42 PM   #10 
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You should probably feed him pellets instead of frozen brineshrimp and bloodworms. Those are more of a once a week (or so) treat. His water is a little cool also, they usually like it 76-82 degrees.
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