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Old 03-18-2015, 04:44 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Red strips on betta face!?

My betta was in my communal tank and was getting nipped he's now in his own tank with a warmer temperature and iv noticed reddy pinky lines on the side of his face 2 lines per side near his gills but not on them is this colour coming out as he's happier or something serious can't take a picture at the moment :( worried betta owner! His colouring is blue with slight red in his fins.
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Old 03-18-2015, 08:06 PM   #2 
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it might be normal coloration, just the gill crease, do you have any pics?



does it look like this?

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Old 03-19-2015, 04:48 AM   #3 
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it might be normal coloration, just the gill crease, do you have any pics?



does it look like this?
Yes exactly like that! I think he is just happy know being in a warmer tank and on his own he has lots of accessories as well and I have just started feeding him betta bio-gold (colour enhancing diet) over the past 3 days so hope he's happy :) but I'm not a expert so need advice :) no photos yet but looks exactly like this picture you posted.
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Old 03-19-2015, 07:44 AM   #4 
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Do you have any fake decorations in the tank? What are the water parameters? This can be normal coloration, but I've also seen it happen when the gills are irritated by toxins in the water (I once had something leach) or poor water quality (seen in rescues).
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Do you have any fake decorations in the tank? What are the water parameters? This can be normal coloration, but I've also seen it happen when the gills are irritated by toxins in the water (I once had something leach) or poor water quality (seen in rescues).
I have a betta hammock a betta floating log and a plastic plant witch are all from the communal tank he was in previously and I havnt done the water parameters yet will be doing them tonight as my new kit just came today. his water is pristine tho do 30% water change once every week.
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Old 03-22-2015, 07:34 AM   #6 
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Is the hammock one with the wire in it? I've read to take the wire out because it can rust and leech into the water. I hope it's just natural color!
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Old 03-22-2015, 08:05 AM   #7 
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Don't think that it's bad, I have a similar VT boy with the exact same markings on his gills. He's an extremely aggressive betta, and is very healthy and happy. I don't think it's anything to be concerned about - simply his colour coming though. He is a red/blue betta, so the red could possibly be coming through now that he's in a better environment. However, do watch him in case you see anything out of the ordinary :)

Here's my boy, Riot, to compare. He's constantly flaring - the lines could also be a sort of "war paint" to ward off potential threats like other males. (Just my theory, but that's what I'm noticing with Riot)

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Old 03-22-2015, 08:19 AM   #8 
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My female has them, too. I'm leaning toward thinking your guy's stripes are natural coloring, but we just wanted you to check your tank in case!
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Old 03-22-2015, 11:40 AM   #9 
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My girl has them as well! I thought they were scratches but you have the same thing!
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Old 03-22-2015, 07:54 PM   #10 
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My girl has them too. I thought I read somewhere that it might be from the ammonia when they were in the cup at the store. As soon as I put her in her cycled tank they showed up (she was gray at the store) and have been there since. I just say she overdid it with makeup blush or just contoured her face wrong. Lol!
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