03-17-2013, 10:09 PM
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Originally Posted by AndrewM21
They were Albino when you bought them (as juveniles) and as they mature, the females will turn orange(ish). It has nothing to do with diet, water, etc. It's fish genetics, nothing to worry about ;)
Not just the belly will turn orange, the males can also achieve this orange coloration on their belly, the full fish (excluding the head) is turning orange, which indicates it is a female.
They are not albino - the eyes are not red. But I agree, it's genetics and is nothing to be concerned about.
I agree that the orange indicates female, but the full fish need not be orange for the fish to be a female. My female's orange is localized to the belly region and expands somewhat when she's laying eggs.