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post #1 of 9 Old 01-27-2009, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 9 Old 01-27-2009, 11:57 AM
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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.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #3 of 9 Old 01-27-2009, 03:49 PM
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Exacly, it's a sign of stress. It could also be from transportation.

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post #4 of 9 Old 01-27-2009, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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what about if it never regains color? i understand temporary color loss from stress.
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post #5 of 9 Old 01-27-2009, 07:47 PM
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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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post #6 of 9 Old 01-27-2009, 08:20 PM
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Depending on the fish, it could be a signal of sexual transformation or maturity.
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post #7 of 9 Old 01-28-2009, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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hmmm strange, would a betta mature or change sex?
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post #8 of 9 Old 01-28-2009, 06:14 PM
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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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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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