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    Betta with blue eye question

    Hi all,

    I recently purchased a giant blue betta and the eyes are both blue color. First, I thought the fish was blind, but whe I tried to feed it with two live worms, it came straight to the worms. Then I tried with pellets, and it went to pellets on the top water surface. Has anyone had any experience with betta with that eye color? Thanks




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    Just taking a shot in the dark here but it could still be blind. I'm pretty sure fish sense their food with other means than just sight. A lot of fish live in brackish water and can't see their prey. Sharks are this way too. Maybe someone has more info but thought I'd chime in with what I know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasquatch View Post
    Just taking a shot in the dark here but it could still be blind. I'm pretty sure fish sense their food with other means than just sight. A lot of fish live in brackish water and can't see their prey. Sharks are this way too. Maybe someone has more info but thought I'd chime in with what I know.
    I was thinking the same exact thing so I wouldn't necessarily rule out blindness. Haven't seen a betta with colored eyes before either so that's crazy.

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    I've seen a Betta before in the same situation. Blue eyes as well. Betta was following my finger outside the tank it was in. I've read somewhere that fish have a sixth sense called the lateral line which detect vibrations in the water. If a Betta is kept solo without filtration the water is very still besides the Betta swimming around. Dropping food in there will alert the Betta right away that there's something else in the tank. Try dangling food right above the water line and see if your Betta reacts. If he doesn't then most likely he's blind. If he does then he isn't. Hope that helps.


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    Put a mirror next to it, if it flares up then it aint blind. Maybe cataract

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    Thanks everyone for the inputs. The fish has been doing okay, very active swimming and eating. It still flares up and ready to fight when I put another betta next to it. It has been eating well with no issue. I did some research and people say it's because of genetic that the scales grow over the eyes. It affects the vision like partial blind or completely blind when the fish gets older as the scales grow thicker. It's sad to find out that way, but I will still do my bests to care for him.


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    That's so sad. Just give him the best treatment and make him happy.


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    Quote Originally Posted by trunglippo View Post
    Hi all,

    I recently purchased a giant blue betta and the eyes are both blue color. First, I thought the fish was blind, but whe I tried to feed it with two live worms, it came straight to the worms. Then I tried with pellets, and it went to pellets on the top water surface. Has anyone had any experience with betta with that eye color? Thanks




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    This is crazy!!! I have an IDENTICAL fish to yours except mine is silver/white. Mine has weird (super light, silvery) eyes as well and I just came across your post. If it is a genetic condition, maybe its unique to this species of betta? But I just thought Id share because seriously your betta is just the turquoise version of mine.

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