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jeffwee559 01-27-2009 10:28 AM

Fish losing color
 
Is it strange or abnormal for fish that are dark colored to just turn white almost as if they have no pigment. Fresh or Saltwater. I work at a pet store and I have had this question lately and i was wondering. I dont know

1077 01-27-2009 10:57 AM

Poor water quality, improper temp or sudden changes in temp. Bright lighting or substrate,and or overstocking which can be stressful to fish all can affect the colors that fish display.

Kellsindell 01-27-2009 02:49 PM

Exacly, it's a sign of stress. It could also be from transportation.

jeffwee559 01-27-2009 04:36 PM

what about if it never regains color? i understand temporary color loss from stress.

Twistersmom 01-27-2009 06:47 PM

Could be a sign of disease. TB in fish can cause them to loose color. Fish show better color when they are happy, could be just one unhappy fish.

Pasfur 01-27-2009 07:20 PM

Depending on the fish, it could be a signal of sexual transformation or maturity.

jeffwee559 01-28-2009 09:30 AM

hmmm strange, would a betta mature or change sex?

cerianthus 01-28-2009 05:14 PM

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Originally Posted by jeffwee559 (Post 166980)
hmmm strange, would a betta mature or change sex?

I think Pasfur said depending on fish. FIsh can also display such changes at night, like foxace for example. As others have said, it may be due to exposure to bad/wrong water conditions, stress and/or diseased.

Pasfur 01-28-2009 05:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cerianthus (Post 167032)
I think Pasfur said depending on fish. FIsh can also display such changes at night, like foxace for example. As others have said, it may be due to exposure to bad/wrong water conditions, stress and/or diseased.

Yes.

This doesn't apply to a Betta.


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