Hi everyone! I'm new to the forum and am really excited about joining. I'm a mama to just two bettas at the mo'; Pernell Roberts and Freddie, male and female respectively. I'm currently in the process of upgrading their tanks, and through the numerous trips I've been taking to Petco to get certain things, I couldn't help but notice a particular betta (of course) and I have fallen in love.
She's so adorable: white with a slight aqua flash on her fins, blue eyes, a single 'beauty mark' spot on her body and - get this - red lips. She's Marilyn Monroe in a fish, basically. I'm kind of in love with her. She's also very reactive, and enjoys interaction.
So what's the problem, right? Well, there's no question that I'd have snapped her up already had it not been for one thing. She has a strange red, webby 'vein' on her dorsal fin that I can't work out. It actually looks a lot like a fine broken capillary. I have no idea if this is an injury, illness, or even just her natural coloring, but since I'm so unsure it has me doubting buying her or not. If she had columnaris or something, I'd have bought her since I've treated stuff like that before and am confident with it. But this has me stumped, so I've come to you guys!
Does this sound like anything any of you have experienced before? I just can't be sure. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. <3
Bonus question! Does 3 females in a 5 gallon hex seem OK? Probably a bit tight, huh?