03-19-2010, 09:13 AM
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Normally I would agree about the dyed, but...
For what it's worth, my wal-mart never gets any other kind of dyed fish, not even the fruit salad tetras that are common in other wal-marts. We seem to have a very different stock than most people mention their wal-marts having..not sure if its because we are in North Dakota and a small city at that, or what.
I doubt the orange parrots are dyed because my neighboring business has a huge tank of them (they got all of them at walmart) that are nearly full grown, and all are very solid, bright pretty orange yet. I've never seen a dyed parrot retain its colours that long and that evenly. Mine are the same way, although they are younger.
Also, the LFS has dyed parrots that were dyed colours when they were the size of this little guy (he's pretty darn tiny) and the colouration was very nice, except as you said, the green ones. For some reason they were awfully pale and weird. Now, about 4 months later, nearly all of them are very muted versions of their original dye job. They don't look anything like this weirdo.
Despite the picture, he has no green or other colours in him at all. Very much gray, charcoal and white. If he was a fading or botched dye job, I would think he would retain some of that dye yet seeing how little he is.
Soo...I'm thinking no, not dyed. Just weird. As you said though, little is known about this fish and as with any crosses, there are variations. I have a white/yellow one that looks very much like a gold severum, even has a less pronounced bump and has blue eyes, yet is still obviously a parrotfish...you just see a lot more severum in him than red devil.
I guess he shall grow and we shall see! I really am hoping he retains these pretty grays. (is pretty gray an oxymoron? haha)