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dee105 02-26-2008 06:09 PM

Fish changing color
 
Hey I have a Melanochromis auratus ( i think) He used to be very colorful but now he has turned completely grey/black.. he is still very active and eating well. and the other fish of the same breed is totally fine... do you have any idea why he is like this??

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fish_4_all 02-26-2008 06:27 PM

How long have you had it? If he is new he could be adapting to the new color of your substrate.

Please post your pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate levels to insure they are not the cause. They should be 0,0,<40. Tank size and filtration as well as age of the tank will help also.

dee105 02-26-2008 06:44 PM

tank size is a 33 gallon..
i have a magnum HOT and also an internal Fluval filter
It is not overstocked i only have 6 fish in there
and i just did all my testing and everything read 0 and the PH was 7.6


hope i got all the info you wanted


Oh what is the normal temperature for the tank..

Falina 02-26-2008 07:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dee105
tank size is a 33 gallon..
i have a magnum HOT and also an internal Fluval filter
It is not overstocked i only have 6 fish in there
and i just did all my testing and everything read 0 and the PH was 7.6


hope i got all the info you wanted


Oh what is the normal temperature for the tank..

What type of test kit are you using? your results are worrying. Either your tank has not started cycling yet or your test kit is faulty. There is no ocassion where your nitrates would be 0 in a fully cycled, healthy tank.

dee105 02-26-2008 07:26 PM

I have the master test kit from Pet Smart.. and my tank is about 4 months old, but i used the gravel from my old aquarium when i set this one up so it cycled pretty quick. I'm not new to having an aquarium, i am new to having cichlids though.

I just retested my Nitrates, and they are at 5 ppm.. I'm sorry i think i just had a typo...

herefishy 02-28-2008 08:26 PM

You're fish is a male, he will turn that color. The female will remain the reverse.

Gage 02-28-2008 09:45 PM

non-dominant males will also stay the typical female color until the dominant one is removed.


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