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Old 07-04-2012, 10:36 PM   #1
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fish losing color......

I moved my fish to a bigger tank and he lost his color within a weeks time.

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Any thoughts or ideas as to why this happened?
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Old 07-04-2012, 11:29 PM   #2
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Was there other Cichlids in the tank you moved him to that wasn't in the other tank?
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Old 07-04-2012, 11:31 PM   #3
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Everything is the same except for the tank and filter size and instead of gravel its sand. Same fish, same decorations, same water.
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Old 07-04-2012, 11:52 PM   #4
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Old 07-04-2012, 11:57 PM   #5
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Everything's normal and stable.........both my other fish are just fine. Thing is, he swims great, eats great and they all get along. I know its not a dominance thing cause he was never the dominant one.
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Old 07-05-2012, 02:44 AM   #6
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Wild! Is the new substrate lighter than the old gravel? Just a guess, but perhaps he is trying to blend in.
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Old 07-05-2012, 02:46 AM   #7
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The old gravel was blue ( its my 5 yr old sons ) but he wanted a grown up tank like mine so the new tank is a tan sand
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Old 07-05-2012, 03:49 AM   #8
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I've heard of a lot of fish "mimicking" a substrate tone. It's probably nothing to worry about, but keep an eye out for other possible symptoms, because if he is loosing color from stress or sickness, he should show other signs, and you can treat appropriately.
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Old 07-05-2012, 04:26 AM   #9
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I've heard of a lot of fish "mimicking" a substrate tone. It's probably nothing to worry about, but keep an eye out for other possible symptoms, because if he is loosing color from stress or sickness, he should show other signs, and you can treat appropriately.
+1 with a lighter tank I wouldn't be surprised if he lightened up himself plus with the stress of a move on top of it I really wouldnt be worried about it unless he begins to show signs of illness in his swimming or behavior
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Old 07-05-2012, 04:26 AM   #10
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Should I test this theory and put him back in the blue gravel?
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Old 07-05-2012, 04:29 AM   #11
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Really I don't think the stress of another move now is worth it but if you wanna try it go for it. Id bet thats it though
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Old 07-05-2012, 04:38 AM   #12
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I moved them about 2 weeks ago and the color change has only been this past week......it happened within 4 days.
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Old 07-05-2012, 04:28 PM   #13
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mine faded when my temps were too low. Also I started feeding freeze dried bloodworm and mine all look better
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Old 07-05-2012, 06:31 PM   #14
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Does this mimicking thing apply to all cichlids ?
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Old 07-08-2012, 02:37 AM   #15
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So today i set up the new 55 gallon i got...........same color sand, same water and temp, color starts coming back into my fish. Could it had been caused by lack of space? im still confused.
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I thought the color faded after you moved him to a bigger tank? But you just moved him to a 55 and the color is returning ? What size was he I originally and what size did he move to when the color faded?
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Old 07-08-2012, 11:07 AM   #17
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Was in my sons 10......blue as can be.
Moved to the 20 tall......turned ghost white
Rehomed now in the 55........blue again
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Old 07-08-2012, 11:18 AM   #18
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My Acei and Maingano lighten up or darken drastically depending if the dominant males are chasing them.
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