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post #1 of 9 Old 06-27-2011, 02:12 PM Thread Starter
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my coblat blue lobster is no longer blue

hi bought him a 2 weeks ago and he seems to be eating well and is happily rearranging the gravel in my tank, has made himself a home under my filter. the other fish in my tank dont bother him at all, was just wandering why he started of a brilliant blue and pink and now has become a dark brownish red? thakns
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post #2 of 9 Old 06-27-2011, 03:07 PM
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I'm pretty sure the only reason they lose their blue coloration is due to stress. This could be caused by poor water quality, have you checked your parameters? Make sure you are testing with a liquid kit. Inverts are sensitive to poor water.

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post #3 of 9 Old 09-15-2011, 06:56 PM
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Hi Jenny

I am curious.. How is he doing with your fish. Everything I have read about these guys says they are peacefull and shouldn't bother all but the slowest moving fish, but fish keepers keep telling me the will kill all my fish.

I am asking is because the hammers cobalt is one of my highest wishlist fish!

like the person who posted above me, I have read they should not lose their color and if they do, it is usually due to stress.

Hope he is doing better
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post #4 of 9 Old 09-15-2011, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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Hi Jadenlea, sadly i had to take my wee lobster back to the pet shop he got his colour back but on the process he destroyed my tank, snipped all the roots of my live plants ( which were not small) took over my large plecs cave and in the space of 2 weeks most of my fish had no tails and he had ripped shreads out of my plecs fins....i would love to have another one but think i would have one in its own tank with no one for him to bother.
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post #5 of 9 Old 09-15-2011, 07:15 PM
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Yikes. Darn. That is disappointing news :(
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post #6 of 9 Old 09-15-2011, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
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yeah was a bit disheartning watching it unfold. doesnt mean it will happen too you, i once got a male fighter fish and ha attacked all my fish even my silver sharks tis normally the other way around, sometimes i just dont have much luck with new comers to my tank :/
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post #7 of 9 Old 09-16-2011, 05:44 AM
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Don't encourage me Jenni!! LOL I don't have much will power :)
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post #8 of 9 Old 09-16-2011, 08:52 PM
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Oh no :( That's a lot of mayhem for one lone little creature isn't it? You did the right thing by bringing him back.
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post #9 of 9 Old 09-18-2011, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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thanks Romad, took alot of patience to catch the little bugger 2, would love to have one in its own lil tank :)
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