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  1. I've been wondering - what is (or is there) a relationship between a goldfish's food, and the color of the goldfish's wen? I went back a while and searched for a similar topic in this forum but didn't find one -- so let me know if this has already been discussed. Does food affect wen color? Specifically, the white wen. Obviously, if there are color enhancers in the food, it is a factor. But does algae affect wen color? I currently have 2 ranchu's, both are "Red and White" and both have red and "white" wen's. When they were babies, their wens were white and red, but now the white part of their wen is a lemony-yellow. I've just purchased a tancho ranchu, and I'd like for his white part of his wen (and all fins) to stay pearly white. Current food: NLS Goldfish Pellets Repashy Soilent Green Bloodworms Advice is appreciated!
  2. Hi, guys if you like to see how goldfishes change the color, watch my videos from part 1 to 4. well 4th part is not yet captured but will be captured and shown to you but before that i need some good suggestions. part 1 part 2 part 3 well i m totally new here and i dont know whether i am supposed to show my youtube videos here so if it is not legal please forgive me and let me know i will immideately delete everything. Thank you
  3. Hello All, I have been using the API Master Freshwater tests for a few months, but I have a heck of time with a few of the colours: the yellow in the ammonia, and the PH low and high. The colours that come up for PH appear so different from the colours on the tester sheet, especially at the top of the low range and the bottom of the high range. In terms of the ammonia, while my ammonia did not fit for any of the colours, it was yellow with no trace of green, but it didn't really match with the yellow at 0 or at .25. Does anyone have any advice on how to match these colours up to a tester or am I using a poor testing kit? If you have any ideas or suggestions, please let me know. Regards, Jeremy
  4. [it was suggested that I do this by Lovely Chaos, so here it is!] Most people say that they have a red or blue betta, not to mention that those are the most common. But, there are soooo many more color combinations then that! Here's the ones that I can think of/remember right now [will update if/when needed]. SOLID COLORS Blue- one of the most common betta colors, especially in veiltails. They come in many shades such as royal blue, steel blue, corn-flower blue, and turquoise. Red- another common color among bettas. Shades include vermilion red, deep crimson, red/brown, and cherry red. Green- one of the more uncommon colors. It's hard to find a solid green betta, as most are with other colors or are green marbles. Shades include dark green, emerald, forest green [rare], and turquoise. Purple- another more uncommon color among bettas. Shades include lavender, violet, and true purple [rare]. Orange- a hard combination to get. No betta is truly orange ... yet. Shades include red-orange, orange-yellow, vermilion-orange, and tangerine. Yellow- somewhat in between being common and uncommon. They are widely produced, yet not many people [unless if they're a big breeder/seller] know about these colors. Shades include lemon yellow, butter yellow, golden yellow, pale yellow, yellow-brown, peach, and apricot. White- a more common betta color. Most people see bettas that are butterflies, marbles, dragons, or fancies that have a mixture of colors, rather than completely white. Shades are light grey to a creamy white. The bettas can have colored "beards" from underlying colors in genes. Opaque- a more uncommon color. These bettas can be considered as white opaque which can give the appearance of a milky white overlay of the other colors, or a dense white like freshly fallen snow. White opaques that give the milky overlay appearance are called pastels. Albino- extremely rare and NOT considered white. Albinos lack all pigmentation and the eyes tend to be a light pink or eerie red color. Albino bettas can either be a pinkish white or a solid white [only if there's the opaque gene]. Cellophane- an extremely rare color. Cellophane bettas basically have no color. The fins are translucent and the body is flesh. Since the skin itself doesn't have any pigments, you can see their tissues and organs, which are flesh colored. Black- most bettas that have a form of black on them are more common. Pure black bettas are somewhat common as well, but most people don't realize that they're out there. It is hard to breed these bettas, as all pure black female bettas are infertile, along with males from melano bloodlines. Shades include melano, super black, smoky black, black lace, and copper black. Copper- uncommon. These bettas appear brown or bronze to the eye, but are actually a mix of yellow and black. Shades include light gold, deep copper, deep red copper, and purplish copper. BI-COLORS Chocolate- another uncommon color. Main characteristics/shades are a dark, usually black, body with dark blue or dark green and the fins are yellow or golden orange. Cambodian- the body is flesh to whitish [but can be light red/pink with red stripes] and the fins are red [traditional cambodians] or can be blue or green. These are NOT the same as dragon bettas. Red Cambodian Blue Cambodian Green Cambodian PATTERNS Butterfly- very common. Bettas can be any color, but the tips of their fins [doesn't matter how large or small the portion/section is] are white. This will appear in all of their fins, including pectorals. Marble- very common. Bettas can be any color, but normally are a color, or two, and white. They constantly change colors and patterns. There's a saying that goes "All marble bettas are butterflies, but not all butterfly bettas are marbles." I bought a light blue marble halfmoon betta and he was mostly opaque. Now, he's dark blue with streaks of red and is a butterfly [still considered a marble though]. Marbles will most likely never stop changing their colors. Personally, they are my favorite type of betta. Piebald- somewhat common. These bettas are like marbles, but have a flesh/salmon colored face. Dragon- quite common.These bettas usually have a bright, strong base [such as red] with their scales highlighted in a pale iridescent color. They can be any color, but their body is [usually ... can be other colors such as turquoise] an opaque color that covers the whole body, including the face and upper parts of the eyes [most of the time]. Only the stomach/chest/chin areas seem to be clear and tend to have a flesh to tan color. Grizzled- very uncommon. These bettas have either a pastel or opaque body with random flecks and spots of iridescent coloring. Dalmatian- quite uncommon. These bettas are normally pastel with spots/speckles of any color on their body and fins. Mustard Gas- slightly uncommon. These bettas are either green or blue with yellow or orange fins. They are a popular bi-color. Multicolor- common. These bettas are everywhere and don't apply to any specific color or pattern. Fancy- uncommon. These bettas are mainly like multicolors, but tend to have more white and look marbled and grizzled. Orchid- fairly uncommon. These bettas are usually black [sometimes with red] and have metallic blue streaks on their tails/fins. Thanks for reading and I hope that you enjoyed this little tutorial of betta colors and patterns. If there's anything that you feel should be added, please comment and let me know and I'll be sure to update it!
  5. I saw an oranda tonight at petsmart that was absolutely adorable. He/she has an orange and white body, the wen is orange, the face and cheeks are white, there is an orange stripe between his eyes, and a small amount of orange color on the mouth. He/she was small (the $7-$8 size). My question is-due to his/her size, I am thinking the age is young, will the color/markings change as the fish gets older? As soon as I saw the fish I fell for him/her, partly in due to the color (adorable face and the markings just enhance the cuteness) as well as the chubby cheeks and wiggly swim. I feed soilent green, super green, NLS 1mm, and bloodworms. I am probably going to get the fish irrelevant of the possible color change but I am curious if the color will change in the future. Thank you for any input : )
  6. Hi everyone! First of all, wanted to say a big THANK YOU for making me feel so warmly welcomed here I love the community and everyone is so knowledgable and helpful! I'm writing today because my goldfish have started to change color. Nothing alarming - I read that this can happen a bit when they're babies. I would say mine are definitely under a year old, maybe even under 6mos. old. Buttons, my black moor, looks like he's starting to turn bronze. His belly scales are a shiny bronze, but he's getting some scales on his upper abdomen area that are bronze/metallic purple. They're really pretty, and his fins are totally normal (no rips, frays, holes, etc) and he isn't in distress. Is this normal? How long does it usually take them to change color? Speckle, my calico ryukin, has started to get some metallic silver scales where black spots used to be. Part of me wonders if the black wasn't just a burn healing, or maybe some other past injury/bruise, because the scale is like BRIGHT WHITE and shiny. It's just one right now but I can see others in the area that look like they're about to change. Neither fish has LOST scales, they just seem to be changing color. All of this happened in the past week or so. Is this good? Bad? Neither? What does it indicate, if anything? Thanks!
  7. I was wondering what members have as their favorite betta coloration
  8. Is it more likely for a panda with orange pigment in their eye to turn orange when losing the black? I mean, I would love for them to keep the black but I know it is unstable. I would love to have La turn orange instead of just turning white like Tui did. He even has orange pigment in his eyes (nowhere that I have seen on his body) and Tui did not. What do you think?
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