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Old 02-26-2011, 01:35 PM   #1 
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Question Eye color change from light blue to dark blue (almost black) in 24 hours

I recently purchased a tiny CT female, who has a pale cream color body, with some light green marbling, and light blue eyes. The ends of her fins were greyish, almost black. I thought she might have fin rot, but she looked like she might be a beautiful pastel CT with a little care.

After some new water and a crushed pellet, she began to regain some color. I looked at her under my magnifer, and she had a pretty green sheen to her clear fins.

I floated her in a seperate container in my 5 gallon. She opened up her fins and her fin edges turned a plum color! It wasn't fin rot after all! :)

This morning, I looked at her and her eyes had turn black. I shined a flashlight into her eyes and saw they were in fact dark blue.

What I'm wondering is, why the dramatic change in eye color?
Is it a direct reflection of fishes health, like their skin colors?

I've noticed the changes to skin/scale colors due to water temp, mood, health, and agitation. Do bettas do this more than most fish, or do I just notice more because I watch them closely?

I did some research on the web about the eye color changes, but most of what I pulled up were changes due to illness... not what I was looking for...
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Old 02-26-2011, 02:39 PM   #2 
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Whiskey used to do that. He had kind of a black skin covering over his eye and sometimes it would go clear and show the bright blue iris underneath. Then it would go black again. Logan has the same thing. I have pics. It used to happen back and forth overnight. I think she'll be fine.


With black skin over his eye.


Black skin goes clear
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Old 02-26-2011, 02:44 PM   #3 
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ha, i kind of think thats sort of awesome! LOL
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Old 02-26-2011, 03:55 PM   #4 
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Okay, so I'm not just imagining this, LOL!

Thanks, vaygirl! :D
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Old 02-26-2011, 04:56 PM   #5 
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You're welcome. The first time I saw that on Whiskey I freaked. :)
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