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post #1 of 5 Old 10-02-2011, 07:57 AM Thread Starter
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Question How effective are colour enhancers?

I bought the cheap flake food when I was starting out but have realized the importance of spending the extra $$ on good food. Some of them claim to enhance the fishes colours. How good are they? Are they worth the extra $$. What kind would you suggestt?

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post #2 of 5 Old 10-02-2011, 11:17 AM
I can't say that I've ever really used color enhancing foods, it you feed a good diet you will naturally get better colors. It will depend on which fish your feeding.
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post #3 of 5 Old 10-02-2011, 11:23 AM
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I find that frozen blood worms along with flakes and algae discs enhance the colors just as well and "color enhancers". I just assume you need a good diet. Blood worms don't have to be fed every night to work either. I feed mine blood worms probably more often than most people would because I have a eel that only eats blood worms and brine shrimp. So my fish get them every other day usually and are happy as clams, and are beautiful in my opinion. Good diet, is all that is needed ^^

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post #4 of 5 Old 10-02-2011, 12:30 PM
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I agree all that is need is a good diet and a variety of food. This will depend on the fish and what types of food they need. My angles and GBR get algae waffers, flakes, pellets, and on occasion frozen bloodworms and brine shrimp. The algae warders were originally for my Otos but find out the other fish usually get them before the Otis will. LoL so they get feed at night now
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post #5 of 5 Old 10-02-2011, 01:15 PM
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It is very true that good nutrition will mean good colouration on fish. Biologically, fish's colour depends on certain nutrients they need, and most of these occur in the foods they eat (naturally, and thus in the aquarium too).

The only specific "colouring" food I use is Omega One's Color Flake. It contains natural fish substances. Good nutritional foods at other times, as has been mentioned, also aids in this.

Somewhat related to colour is light, environment (decor) and water parameters. If these are not suited to the fish, they will pale in colouration. This is also brought on by stress due to any number of things.


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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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