I know the first thing everyone's going to want is pictures, but I'm afraid I lost the USB cable to my camera and haven't found it yet.
Yesterday I went to walmart. I was not planning on buying a fish, but they had a gorgeous, sapphire blue female betta with BRIGHT red fins, and she was very lively and healthy, nice fins, good condition... I had to have her. I brought her home and when I got there and looked at her in her little deli cup thing, she was completely brown! She looked like a minnow! I put her in a sandwich bag and floated it in my 10gL, which has been running empty for three months. When I was ready to put her in the tank, I looked at her, and she was BRIGHT PURPLE with bright red fins!
Definitely the most vibrant female I have ever laid eyes on. She ended up staying a very vivid reddish-purple with hot pink fins throughout the evening. She would get darker and lighter every hour or so, but no huge color changes. When I woke up this morning, she was completely red with light horizontal stripes on her sides.
What is going on? I have had bettas that changed shades,
but never any that acted like chameleons!
Also, starting today, whenever I enter the room or approach the tank to look at her, she DARTS behind a decoration and hides from me.
Even just opening the door sends her flying. I've never had such a shy betta before. Atleast she is healthy.
So.... How wierd is my fish, exactly?
Don't worry. I will definitely take pictures of her wierd color changes as soon as I find my USB.