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post #1 of 4 Old 12-28-2012, 04:37 PM Thread Starter
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Black Neon Tetras - their stripe has turned from white to gold?

So I got some Black Neon Tetras recently. In the store, they had white stripes. When I added them to my aquarium, however, their stripes turned gold. The exact same shade of gold as the Gold Tetras I have in there now, in fact. They are now schooling with the Gold Tetras, too. I've actually had the Gold Tetras change a stripe to different colors before as well (bright orange and bright blue, when the wanted to school with Harlequins and Praecox Rainbows respectively, most of them now have regular gold coloring again though).
However, I've never heard of a Black Neon's coloring changing in this way. Does anyone know if the Black Neons will get their normal coloring back or not? If so, is there anyway I can make that happen? I've been excited about the Black Neons and wanting them for years, but with a gold stripe the black and white contrast I bought them for is ruined, and they just look like Gold Tetras with a black stripe now. I'm really unhappy with how this is looking...
I only have 8 Black Neons right now. I was planning on getting 11, but with them looking like this I'm not sure I want more. Would having more Black Neons maybe fix this?
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post #2 of 4 Old 12-28-2012, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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Here is a picture so you can see what I mean:

the lower black stripe has stayed the same color on the Black Neons, it is only the upper stripe that has changed from its regular white to a gold color.
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post #3 of 4 Old 12-28-2012, 05:51 PM
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Yes, when I had them the stripe was golden. as long as they are happy, I am

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post #4 of 4 Old 12-28-2012, 06:36 PM
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Unless it is a trick of the light/photo, I am seeing two different species in that photo. For illustration, starting with the upper row of fish on the far right, going across to the left there are two black neons then the third fish is different. Can you get a close-up clear photo of one of those?

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