Originally Posted by Russell Crowe
Just wondering, my female betta is looking pale and almost a silverish white. What could be the reason for this? Could the white gravel in my tank be the cause of this?
It is one possibility. Bettas come from dark waters thick with vegetation. Some floating plants would give all your fish security, and some wood, rocks, plants on the bottom the same.
Fish that are programmed by nature to live in dark, plant-thick waters feel threatened and vulnerable in a bare tank. The fish does not know that it is safe; it only knows what its instinct tells it, that without protection it is very exposed to predation. Adding some plants and dark would certainly lessen its stress, and that is a good thing in itself, since stress can cause most all ailments in fish, even parasites. Free of stress, the fish is better able to fend off attackers.