Our Betta is about a year and half old. Very active and loves to eat! We feed him Tetra Bloodworms andTetra Bettamin Flakes Tropical Medley with Color Enhancers. He is slowly turning white. Started with his head, then moved into body and fins. Our fish is very active and seems to have no problems. We have him in a 2 gallon large glass vase and change is water on a regular basis. Is this normal? Are the color enhancers making him white? Or should we be doing something else?
We are not sure why he is changing to white, although we have heard of this happening in bettas before. We can say his environment could use a little improving. He needs heated water around 80 degrees, and a slow moving filtration system to provide some oxygen unless you are changing 25% of the water every 1-2 days. The diet seems to be excellent; just make sure you only feed Bloodworms as a treat, once or twice a week, and that's all.
One thing; some fish have certain pigment cells in their bodies that change with age. I am over simplifying what happens, as it is pretty complex, but he may basically have this condition. It is not life threatening, and there is no way to stop it. Sometimes adding direct sun or a lamp with UVB rays for a few hours a day can make a difference. Of course then, you may get a lot of algae.
Date published: 2015-01-11