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Old 06-25-2005, 02:24 PM   #1
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Will a Blue Hippo Tang get more color once in a stable envir

There is a hippo tang at my lfs that I'd like to get but he is a little dull in color. He seems to be healthy and he ate well, I'm just a little concerned because his color isn't very bright. The lfs said he will get more color once he is in a more stable environment, is this true? I'm wondering if I should buy him or just wait for their next shipment to see if there are any more colorful ones.

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they do turn a drab color when stressed or even sometimes after lights out and they are resting. How long have they had this hippo in the store? I would definitely not get it if they have had it for only a short amount of time.
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Once you get him on a good diet, the color should improve. These fish do tend to be a little more colorful as juvies and will get a little more drab as they get older.
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LFS lighting may also have something to do with it. Some LFS around here have poor lighting and makes the fish look dull. This creates a bit of a "catch 22" for you. Color may improve if in a better enviornment with better nutrition. However, buying a fish in this condition violates the guidelines of choosing and buying the best possible livestock (or rather not buying poor looking or sick livestock). Up to you...
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