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Old 06-26-2010, 10:21 AM
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I have 11 w/c mpimbwe. They used to be great in blue color, now they are all regularly dark, towards the black spectrum of color.

I feed them good food, and the water usually tests out fine. I don't know whats wrong.

Any ideas?

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Old 06-26-2010, 10:43 AM
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How long have you had them in your tank? How long since they were caught? How long have they been consistantly dark? All 11 of them that way? Do they ever turn lighter?
Are they eating fine, any aggresion? Changing of colors is all about their moods, reflecting of their enviroment , they will turn dark at night to blend it, ect.
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I agree with what Mark said, above. Also, any recent changes in the tank, including changes to tank itself or adding new fish, spawning activity, alpha male getting more aggressive, etc? When you say the are 'regularly dark' does that mean always dark?

Also, noticed you said water usually tests good, is there ever a problem? What is your setup, ph, and filtration and could filters need cleaning?
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my females are dark most of the time to nothing to worry about .
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How long have you had them in your tank? How long since they were caught? How long have they been consistantly dark? All 11 of them that way? Do they ever turn lighter?
Are they eating fine, any aggresion? Changing of colors is all about their moods, reflecting of their enviroment , they will turn dark at night to blend it, ect.
I purchased them in 2 batches. First batch was a batch of 5: which one female was already dark when she arrived, and she still is.... then the other one, who's been dark since the first few days I've had her, but arrived in her bag light blue. The other 3 of that batch, which includes 2 males were very nice blue up until about 5 months ago. They arrived about 14 months ago.

The second batch was of 6 females, they had been in captivity for a while since they were caught, at least I'm pretty sure about that, in 125 gallon breeding pools. They were all really white and very light blue when they arrived. Their color changed about five months ago, too. They're all currently a darker/dimmer white in the stripes, and also their blue fins. I've had them for about 8 months total.

In a sense, most of them used to have good color, but now its pretty shoddy.

I feed them good food, and do water changes regularly. I don't run carbon.

I can do a water test and get back to you, too.
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I just want to make sure there's not something wrong with my water such as deterioration because my filter isn't good enough or something with my water changes.
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my money would be on your back ground

the darker the back ground the darker your fronts will change to suit IMO

blue backgrounds will all ways keep a frontosa lighter then with black from what i have seen

i don't mind a nice big dark fronny though i must admit

post some water test results as they could be a bit stressed as was mentioned above
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my money would be on your back ground

the darker the back ground the darker your fronts will change to suit IMO

blue backgrounds will all ways keep a frontosa lighter then with black from what i have seen

i don't mind a nice big dark fronny though i must admit

post some water test results as they could be a bit stressed as was mentioned above
ah, it's black.
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They've been through a lot.

5 ACTUALLY from the lake.

6 from mosta-frontosa.com.......
f1'ish::: 2,500 gallon outdoor pool. all female, large, grow fast.... not breeding.... but very nice color.

I will post pics again soon
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