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Old 01-27-2009, 10:28 AM   #1
 
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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
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Old 01-27-2009, 10:57 AM   #2
 
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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.
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Old 01-27-2009, 02:49 PM   #3
 
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Exacly, it's a sign of stress. It could also be from transportation.
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Old 01-27-2009, 04:36 PM   #4
 
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what about if it never regains color? i understand temporary color loss from stress.
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Old 01-27-2009, 06:47 PM   #5
 
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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.
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Old 01-27-2009, 07:20 PM   #6
 
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Depending on the fish, it could be a signal of sexual transformation or maturity.
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Old 01-28-2009, 09:30 AM   #7
 
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hmmm strange, would a betta mature or change sex?
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Old 01-28-2009, 05:14 PM   #8
 
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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.
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Old 01-28-2009, 05:29 PM   #9
 
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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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