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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-12-2018, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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New to Betta Fish--help w/ identification--changed color

Hello all!

I'm so happy to have found a forum to share and admire betta fish with other enthusiasts. I got my first betta, Fabricio, about a year ago when he was left at my vet clinic. One of my co-workers moved and couldn't take him. I set up a little 5-gallon for him and when my other coworkers weren't helping out with his care, decided to take him home. When he died suddenly in November, I was way more upset than I would have ever anticipated. His little blue face and dazzling fins really grew on me.

Come December, I got tired of looking at a betta-less tank and went to an aquarium store (Aquarium City in Canoga Park) and saw many beautiful bettas! I picked out a (at the time) red & white fish. I was told he was a marble and (possibly) a butterfly????

The first couple of days in his new home, he attacked everything! Snails, ghost shrimp (one survivor), harassed the Otos (good thing they're fast). Ssssooo different from laid-back Fabricio. I called him a mean drunk and named him Blotto.

He soon relaxed and became tolerant of his tank-mates.

In February, I noticed that he was starting to change colors. The white was disappearing.

Now, he looks completely different and is mainly a greenish/turquoise color with red fins. What's so amazing to see though, is depending on where the light hits him, sometimes he appears more blue or purplish. His scales have an iridescent quality to them.

I think I read somewhere that marbles will change color. One of the employees at Aquarium City told me the fish would change colors but I can't remember if he said that's because he was a marble or due to some other reason...

Anyway, I've attached a few pictures of him. The photo of him as a red & white fish is from the night I first put him in the tank in December. The other photos are of him now. Notice a difference ;)

I've also been wondering, anyone know if he'll change colors again?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-12-2018, 06:38 PM
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Congratulations on him! He is a beauty and in the first picture I can see why they thought he might be a butterfly.

Marbles are unpredictable and while he may change color again, he's just as likely to not and stay the way he is no. Some change frequently, some may go through a change a year down the road from their first one, and some only change once, there's really no way to tell. The Ever-Changing Marble -
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That's incredible! What a transformation! So I guess Blotto could change again. I've learned a lot about marbles in the past 24 hours--bettas, such amazing little fish!
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Hello, welcome to the forum.

Marbles are known as "jumping genes" - very unpredictable. Fish often start colored, then change into pale, then back to the original color (but might have slightly different pattern). They usually stop at that. But some may change further - to what ever color gene the fish carries.

Turquoise is a blue-green color; sometimes looks more green, sometimes, blue. Another color that may look different is the copper (my avy). It may look copper, rather green,or even purple-ish.
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