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Old 08-19-2011, 10:25 AM   #1 
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EXTREAM color change?

Ok, so, I've had this betta for about a month. He started out as mostly white with a lovely blue fringe to his tail and a few blew 'freckles' over his sides. I recently did a water change on him adding just a bit of AQ salt (not something I've ever done before but was doing it for this one change because some other fish have needed it, so I did it as a bit of a test I guess?) Anyway....I went to a friends over night and came back this morning....and his entire tail is blue, he has blue on one of his front swimming fins (not the dangly belly bits), and he's like DUSTED all over with blue now! He even has a dark blue stripe from his head down his back to his dorsal fin...

What the HECK happened over night?!?!?!
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Old 08-19-2011, 10:27 AM   #2 
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Don't add AQ salt unless you are treating something. It's probably what made his color change. Do a 100% change now and don't add the salt this time.
AQ salt is used only for treating open wounds, fin rot, and ich, and shouldn't be used as an additive.
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Old 08-19-2011, 10:30 AM   #3 
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When you say "freckles" is it like dots? Maybe he's marbling.. I could be wrong though
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Old 08-19-2011, 10:44 AM   #4 
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Yes, little dots. But he's been the same for a MONTH and then over night BAM all this color x.x

I didn't even put much in there. To be honest I mixed a small amount in a 1 gallon container, then only used 1 cup of that water mixed with another gallon of fresh water with some Prime. x.x

I'll change his water right NOW though and pray that he's ok >.<

It sucks being a newb at all this -.-
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Old 08-19-2011, 10:46 AM   #5 
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Hmm, he might have slight marble traits- however it could be some kind of fungus or ich even. ><

everyone was a newbie at some point, lol. Don't be so hard on yourself! :)
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Old 08-19-2011, 10:49 AM   #6 
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Well the spots were blue and I know ich (lost a WHOLE tank to it when I first started up with non betta fish x.x)

I'm sure he's a marble because of the markings he showed before...and is it possible for a fungus to turn them blue? O.o
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Old 08-19-2011, 10:51 AM   #7 
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sounds like a marble :) I didn't know/never heard of salt changing a fish's color
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Old 08-19-2011, 10:53 AM   #8 
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Oohhh ok so ich is ruled out. Good!
Yeah, I'm thinking me might be a marble as well. A pic would help. :)

Amy- I was thinking in terms of stress color changing. I didn't read the whole post! lol- my bad. :B
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Old 08-19-2011, 11:03 AM   #9 
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Sounds like he is marbling...My one betta did the same thing..even his eye color changed.

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His water's been changed and I'm keeping an eye on him now. His behavior hasn't changed at all. He's still just as active as ever with a good appetite.
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