Okay. Just so you guys know, my other betta is fine now. It was just a case of overfeeding. Better safe than sorry.
Okay. I want to make sure this is not a disease and that she is just a normal, cool looking betta.
I went and bought some aquarium accessories.. and then broke down and bought a little female betta. Most of the bettas looked sick and several were DEAD. D: I felt so bad for them. I have always been interested in light colored bettas, and she was a light white/brown with long black horizontal stripes. Her fins are white unless you hit them with a light, and then they are a very very very light shimmering blue. I love her. She is BEAUTIFUL. But one thing about her intrigues me. She can change colors and stripes. Is this even possible? Is she even a betta if she can do that!??! I think it goes according to her mood. When I first got her, her stripes were horizontal and long. By the time I got home (from over an hour drive) she had NO stripes, just black speckles all over her body. When I placed her in her new tank, the long stripes returned. Today, I placed her in the big tank with the male to see how he liked her. He did something he has never done with me, even with mirrors. He flared at her. I don't know really if he meant it in agression or not, but he swam about 2 inches behind her and followed her through the tank. Her stripes became curvy vertical stripes. After I removed her from the tank, her stripes went back to long stripes.
Is this normal? Is she even a betta? Is it a sickness? Would it be possible to breed them? Yes, I know I have to get some more supplies to breed them, but for now I just wanna look at her.