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Old 12-20-2011, 09:18 PM   #1 
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Happy Fish changed color!

Starburst (the subject of a previous thread about the new betta that spit all his food out for 8 days) is a much happier fish now. I don't know whether time did its trick, or whether the things I changed helped (covered front of bowl for less stimulation, turned heat up, added bigger plant). He's been eating well for two days now, and today started building a respectable bubble nest. Interestingly, over the past few days, he's also developed a lot more blue coloration on him (my avatar was him a week ago, below is a picture today). I'm glad he's happy, although I must admit I did like his coloration before with more white.
Is this common?
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Old 12-20-2011, 09:27 PM   #2 
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Typically we buy fish from the petstore stressed and cold, so when properly taken care of, they usually do what your guy did. It's called "coloring up" and means you now have a healthy, happy fish. Nice bubble nest he's got going there!
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Old 12-21-2011, 05:18 PM   #3 
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He also has some marble patterns on him, such as on his head- so he may still not be done changing! Good looking boy you have :)
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Old 12-21-2011, 07:28 PM   #4 
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Looking at the route he's going he'll probably end up a nice royal blue. He does have the marble genes.

I'm glad he's happier. Warmer water will speed up his metabolism and make him more active, which is probably why he's eating again. That and being settled into his new home.
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