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Old 08-01-2014, 04:06 PM   #1
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Red Empress Fading!

I turned on my lights this morning and my empress seems to have faded significantly over the last few days Click image for larger version

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Fully colored he's beautiful but right now he's looking kind of dull in comparison. Click image for larger version

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ID:	245192sorry the pic is kind of bad he's on a tirade right now. It's definitely the dominate fish in the tank. Yet it's still fading, the only thing I can think of is that today is the day for the usual wc and it's stressed out let me know what you all think!
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Old 08-01-2014, 06:47 PM   #2
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Are you saying the second is "faded"? Cause the first pic is stress markings. The second is a more relaxed state...


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Old 08-01-2014, 08:57 PM   #3
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Well see now I feel like an idiot. I'm thinking it's stressed and it's just vibin'.
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Old 08-01-2014, 09:28 PM   #4
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A dominant male usually won't have the pattern. You can also tell by the position he's holding his fins at. Top they are clamped, bottom they are spread out and open


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Old 08-02-2014, 01:43 AM   #5
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Good to know thank you definitely helps me not to stress
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Old 08-02-2014, 10:33 PM   #6
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Ya second pic is what you want. He's just getting settled in, you've only had him like a week now right?


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Old 08-02-2014, 10:44 PM   #7
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A little less than 2 weeks I think, but really good to know! I thought the pattern was a good thing! Still very new to cichlids so forgive me.


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That's why we're here.


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Old 08-02-2014, 11:08 PM   #9
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Awesome looking fish by the way! I'm new to cichlids too. I've read that although they are pretty fish anyway - their colors are more vibrant and fins are spread when they are establishing dominance/territory or just plain old fighting. That it can even just be used as a warning. Like if he's chilling somewhere and another comes up he may do that just to say hey back off.

I have a jack Dempsey, a jewel, and 3 convicts (one being female) and currently paired off and sharing a cave where I'm sure I'll have fry soon.


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Nice! He seems pretty chill, although he can be a real jerk if he feels like it.


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