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Old 12-14-2013, 04:05 PM   #1 
Sally M
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Color changes, stripes and bars?

My baby bettas who are probably now about teenagers are a constant kaleidoscope of color! They change from light to dark, blues to greens to purples, sometimes I can't even decide which is which. They get horizontal stripes and vertical bars.

So here's what I know. Sometimes the color change is at night. Mine change during the pecking order establishment and the colors can change minute by minute. Lighting changes everything! Taking pictures with a flash shows colors where the eye can see none. My adult males have never changed colors. The horizontal stripes occur in the young ones and also when older ones are stressed. The vertical bars occur in females who are ready to breed. One I think is a male is showing vertical bars. I believe this is a submissive sign.

Did I cover everything appropriately? I don't think that the fin colors change as drastically, if at all, just the body colors.

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Old 12-14-2013, 06:17 PM   #2 
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Females can also use vertical bars to show dominance. I had my alpha in my sorority bar up whenever anyone challenged her and then they would back off. So it can go either submissive or not. But I also had my two boys Steve and Tony who would constantly bar up to each other. Both fighting for dominance when they were young as well. So the bars are different for each fish really.

But yeah, otherwise everything else looks fine. It's normal for juvies to constantly be switching stripes to bars to solid, I find they use that for language whereas older fish use more straight body language like the way they swim up to a fish can be dominant or shy away is submissive. There are many unspoken movements they do that we can't even determine what they are, hence why usually it's not even suggested to have a male and female together even if we deem them docile. Their body language that we can't read, may suggest otherwise. Kind of like a passive-aggressive fish lol
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