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post #1 of 11 Old 06-14-2007, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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just wondering y one of my ciclids turned all black and is it going to turn back to its yellow white and black self
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post #2 of 11 Old 06-14-2007, 08:27 PM
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Why type of cichlid is it? I have an apistogramma that goes pale when she's scared and darkens when she has panic attacks. But usually she'll go back to normal colors while you watch.
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post #3 of 11 Old 06-15-2007, 12:28 AM
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Welcome to the forum, Swainy.

What are your water parameters as well? How is it doing right now? Colors do change depending on their mood or the environment. Your fish seems stressed to me.

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post #4 of 11 Old 06-15-2007, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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i just looked it up and the fish is an auratus. it is supposed to look like yellow black and white horizontal stripes but now its black with a white stripe
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post #5 of 11 Old 06-15-2007, 03:55 PM
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What are your water parameters and what size is it? Do you have any other fish in the tank with it?
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post #6 of 11 Old 06-16-2007, 07:57 AM Thread Starter
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ii dont know what my parameters are. it is about 2 inches and there are about 7 other fish in with it all cichlids theres a yellow lab, 2bricharde, albino, kribenis some other kinds
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post #7 of 11 Old 06-16-2007, 08:01 AM
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How long has your tank been established for swainy? I would suggest that you purchase a liquid test kit which will test for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate.

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post #8 of 11 Old 06-16-2007, 10:56 AM
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I wouldn't worry about it. Male auratus change colour to a blackish-brown. I would assume yours is a male, changing colour. There's nothing you can do about it, he's not gonna go back ;)
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post #9 of 11 Old 06-17-2007, 08:43 PM
The auratis is sexually color dimorphic. The male will morph into the darker color scheme, opposite the female, as he grows into sexual maturity. This neat scheme is not uncommon in many cichlid species, or other fish species for that matter. Kennyii males, for example, turn a orange/yellow color as they mature. Many African male cichlids develope "egg spots" on their anal fin. Many South American, as well as African, cichlids will have a sexual color differences as they grow into sexual maturity or begin their breeding ritual.
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post #10 of 11 Old 06-18-2007, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
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well im in a limbo land cause i have a 125 but it is cracked im waiting for a replacement. so half are in 33 gallon tanks they have been running for a bout a month now amonnia just spiked a week ago but its under control and i just got a uv steralizer for the one and a nh3/4 test kit
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