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Old 09-15-2011, 02:58 AM   #1 
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True colors

how long does it usually take for your bettas true colors to show? and also mine are a little pale how long is the norm for the colors to really brighten and intensify
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Old 09-15-2011, 05:08 AM   #2 
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Hey Swaylocks, welcome to the forum. If you are talking about fry, then probably about 4 months to see some true colors. If you are talking about a murky lurking betta from a petstore, than I'd say 24 hours to many weeks, depends on the coloring of your fish. This is a day 1 to 1 month change in one of my betta, and he is still darkening and changing.

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Somewhere in the middle of this time frame



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Old 09-15-2011, 06:55 AM   #3 
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Wow, what a transformation, GreenTea! He's beautiful!

From what I've been hearing, it just takes time for them to get used to new surroundings. It could maybe take a week or longer.
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Old 09-15-2011, 09:28 AM   #4 
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It's so fascinating to see something so small grow up so beautiful.

I wonder what causes their body to develop such stunning colours.
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Old 09-15-2011, 12:40 PM   #5 
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thanks for all the comments. yeah i guess i ll give it some time. my betta seems to be real shy always hiding so maybe let him get more comfortable
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Old 09-15-2011, 12:41 PM   #6 
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Wow, what a transformation, GreenTea! He's beautiful!

From what I've been hearing, it just takes time for them to get used to new surroundings. It could maybe take a week or longer.
nice betta i got mine from bettafishstore.com too!
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Old 09-15-2011, 12:49 PM   #7 
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Well, I got my bettas from a pet store. When I got Spartan, he was a dull orange - but he had the spunk I wanted so I got him. Now he is darn pretty, with purple streaks in his fins (which by the way at the age of 2.5 is STILL increasing!!!).

Colors, once he moved into his 10 gallon, heated to 80 degrees, he has become more and more vibrant!!

My females Marge n' Tina ( sisters), are just young little things. Both however are constantly debating on their colors!!! Tina's fins are going light purple. Marge's fins first went light purple, then dark purple, then dark green.... She just cannot decide IMO

Madame has her mettalic blue/green on her back, and since her and her sorority group have been put into the 20 gallon, her mettalic has gotten more shiny, and more vibrant!

Take in mind the females were in filthy bowls. Because. You know. People don't want an "ugly" and "small" female. They want a vibrant, flowy male. So, I took them
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Old 09-15-2011, 03:18 PM   #8 
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Well if you have a marble, like GreenTea, they can take up to 6 months or more to show their true colors. For the more regular colors of blue, red, or even multi their color won't change so much as intensify. This will take about a month, as they adjust to new foods and the better care starts to show outside. They might get a little more pigment here and there, but most won't change dramatically unless they are marble. What is really notable is how shiny their scales get. Like a polished plate of armor, their slime coat and scales are as healthy as can be. :)
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Old 09-15-2011, 05:32 PM   #9 
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nice betta i got mine from bettafishstore.com too!

??? This guy was a rescue left with me
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Old 09-15-2011, 06:09 PM   #10 
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I will post new pics of Lucky today. When I had first got him he was a dull black/light blue CT. It's been about a month now, and he's a brilliant blue, and when he swims, he looks as if he shimmers between blues and light greens. he also had nice red finnage, where those white 'stumps' used to be on his fins.
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