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Old 08-22-2013, 01:16 AM   #11
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At first I was a bit concerned. But this isn't anything new. Its been going on for several months now. Her eating habits or behavior haven't changed. Other than this. And when she does change colors, it only last for about 30 seconds at the most. Imma do some research. Ya'll got me worried again.
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Old 08-22-2013, 01:21 AM   #12
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Let us know if you figure anything out, I;d be interested to see what it is, just in case it ever happens to mine.

Good luck, hopefully it is nothing.
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According to this website, http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/Surg...Hippo-Tang.php they change color depending on mood but it doesn't say weather or not its a good mood or upset.
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A little more reading states it is believed they do this when they are excited.
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Old 08-22-2013, 02:14 AM   #15
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That's really neat
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Old 08-22-2013, 12:04 PM   #16
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A little more reading states it is believed they do this when they are excited.
Where did you find that information? I can't find anywhere that states that. All I found was "generally" if a fish changes from dark to light color other than when "sleeping" it's not a good sign.
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Old 08-22-2013, 01:34 PM   #17
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Following out of curiosity.

I had one years ago and never saw anything like that.
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Old 08-23-2013, 04:32 PM   #18
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They will bleach out when asleep, frightened or sick. But a healthy happy hippo doesn't change colors.
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They will bleach out when asleep, frightened or sick. But a healthy happy hippo doesn't change colors.
+1 unless you have a 1 in a 10,000,000 fish. I have never seen a happy hippo turn white like that. But it's up to you to find out why really because if its been going on for a long time, I would say its another fish that's bothering it. Not a illness but I wouldn't rule out anything without checking it out first.
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My bet is another fish is stressing him out. Or you have a different hippo than I am use to. They are usually pretty aggressive and hold their ground. Mine is in with many other tangs and even a triggerfish and he is Mr. Mellow.
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