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Old 12-29-2010, 11:05 AM   #1 
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Color Loss and Gain

So, Quasimodo is a Wal-Mart "rescue" who was doing really well. He was only slightly less active than my sister's fish, who is in picture perfect health. I don't think he will ever regain full color in his dorsal fin (has a black patch) or that his spine will ever look normal (hence his name).

I had hoped that his color and spine would improve, but I think he's as good as I can get him. I left him for 2 weeks in a 2.5 gallon tank after a 100% water change. This decision to leave him so long without a 50% change was based on previous parameter checks. I returned last night to a fish that was discolored (lost 50% color in fins and had patches of flesh colored scales) and had greenish-blue eyes. He obviously hadn't eaten much of the 10 day feeding pellet I had left for him. He was weak and barely ate. I immediately did a 100% water change and put some more food into his tank. I went to bed. The next morning, I awoke to a fully colored fish! The only sign left of his near demise was his obvious weight loss. I regret not taking pictures of him for you to see.

Needless to say, I should have checked his parameters and I'll not be leaving him again.

Anyway, I would like some facts, thoughts and opinions on color loss and gain. What causes it? What vitamins/minerals enhance color? Why were his eyes blue? What are some things that cause permanent color loss? I haven't seen anything on the forum to discuss this specifically, although it is a very common sign of illness.

Thanks!
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Old 12-29-2010, 03:54 PM   #2 
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Betta fish change colors quite frequently according to their mood, environmental factors, or even just randomly (such as with the marble gene). I'm honestly not sure about vitamins or minerals. I would guess that permanent color loss is either scarring or fin regrowth that just grew back a different color. A photo of him would definitely help, but from what you describe I wouldn't worry about it too much. If he has a bent spine, it will probably not go away - probably genetic. However, I've seen plenty of fish with spinal deformities appear to live healthy, happy lives.

What you should learn from this - 2.5g for two weeks = no. 10 day feeding pellets for bettas = not advisable. ;)
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Old 01-05-2011, 02:00 PM   #3 
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Thank you! Yeah, I threw those things out! I'm also not going on a long vacation without him again until I get a larger tank. Poor dear, I'm so horrible to him!
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Old 01-05-2011, 02:08 PM   #4 
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my VT, Cup, shocks me with color changes. he used to be green, blue, black, and red. now, he's blue, black, red, and white! the green vanished, and he gained white! i think it's natural for bettas to change colors a bit. another example is my new Copper delta. he was the ugliest thing in the world at the pet store. dull brown-grey with dull red fins. after getting him home and in his 2 gallon, he brightened up to silver-grey and deep red fins. :3
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Cute! I really wish Quasi would brighten up some, but his green has changed to blue over time. Sometimes his parts of is eyes are blue. My sister's double tail used to be a halfmoon, but the white on the end of his tail that made him a halfmoon is now the same color as the rest of him.
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