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post #1 of 7 Old 02-09-2010, 07:10 AM Thread Starter
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Please help my BGK!!!!!!!!!

I woke up this morning to find that the white bits of my BGK Have turned to an orange tinge.
I have checked the Ammonia and the nitites and nitrates and the PH and the GH and KH. which all show up fine. If any of you know whats happening please tell me.
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post #2 of 7 Old 02-10-2010, 12:02 AM
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What is a BGK?

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post #3 of 7 Old 02-10-2010, 05:47 AM
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Black Ghost Knife.

I've seen the "white" parts on ghost knives appear a slight orange-ish color before, but I'm not sure if it's a normal, healthy reaction or an indicator that something's gone wrong. Hopefully someone who keeps these fish and knows more about them will come along and offer some advice!

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post #4 of 7 Old 02-10-2010, 02:04 PM
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A few questions I need to ask...

What size tank?
Water params for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, pH?
Water temp?
Tank mates?
Does the BGK have a cave or tube to hide in?
What are you feeding it? How often?
How often are water changes being done? How much water at a time?

The more you can tell us about your tank and your fish the faster we can help to determine if this is stress induced, illness induced, or just normal changes in coloration (yes, that is possible).

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post #5 of 7 Old 02-13-2010, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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the tank is roughly a 350 litre
0 ppm for ammonia and nitrites and nitrates and the hardness is good along with the carbonate hardness, pH is around 7.5 - 8.0.
Water temp is 26 degrees celcius.
His tank mates include, Swords, a couple of bristle noses, a lonely bala shark and three little silver dollars.
He has three which he can hide in.
I feed him with blood worms (Frozen), flake and sometimes granules.
Water changes are once a week and i take out about a quarter of the tank.
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post #6 of 7 Old 02-14-2010, 02:39 PM
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I don't see any indication of a problem in the stats you listed, so this is likely a normal coloration change, either from maturity, spawning season, or one of many various other reasons. Unless the fish is acting strangely, stops eating, or shows any specific symptoms of a problem I would have to say there is no "problem" I can see based on the info provided.

Hope this helps.

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post #7 of 7 Old 02-20-2010, 08:08 PM
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This is natural. It started happening with mine before I had to give them away. It's just a thing the fish go through when they're maturing. The color will fluctuate between slightly off white to full yellow, but your fish is fine.

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why did you think it was a good idea to keep going over the top of the tank
when you realized you couldn't breathe outside water?
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