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Old 05-15-2011, 10:13 AM   #1 
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Exclamation My Female Betta Changed.

Yesterday, I went out to buy a Blue Veil-Tail female Betta.

Leela (the name I gave her) was all blue with dark blue tinted fins and this morning, I wake up and she has 1 white strip on her sides...What does it mean?

I know that vertical lines mean that she wants to mate (etc). But these are not vertical, it's just one white strip head to tail.
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Old 05-15-2011, 10:19 AM   #2 
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***EDIT.

I just looked at her now, and she changed her whole pattern.

I bought her ALL blue, and now she has the same blue on her back & belly. But her sides NOW have lighter blue and white stripes.
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Old 05-15-2011, 10:27 AM   #3 
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Horizontal Lines mean they are stressed
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Old 05-15-2011, 10:28 AM   #4 
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It means she's showing her true color. Pet store bettas, especially ones from big box chains, are often stressed and don't show all of their coloring until they settle into a better environment.

Edit: Or, she could also be stressed. What is your tank setup like? Heating? Water perimeters? Tank size? Decorations?

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She lives in a 1g bowl.

Heating: Yes
Decorations: Yes
Food: Yes.
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Old 05-15-2011, 11:50 AM   #6 
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How often do you change the water? If you have a 1 gallon bowl, you should be changing the water every day. You may want to upgrade to a 2.5 gallon as well.
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Old 05-15-2011, 12:11 PM   #7 
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I scoop up all the poop and stuff very often.

I CLEAN CLEAN the bowl every about 5 days. Their bowls are pretty clean.
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Old 05-15-2011, 12:12 PM   #8 
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This is a picture of them: (See, there bowls are really clean)
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I have to say, just because it "LOOKS" clean, doesn't mean it is. Ammonia doesn't show murkiness, a color, even a smell really.

I think you should be cleaning 100% every day, or do a water change every day and 100% every other day. You really need to in that small of a bowl... There's no way to cycle it so ammonia can grow rapidly in 24 hours.
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Ok. Thanks!!
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