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Nikikim 03-17-2013 11:39 AM

Pink Convict Turning Orange
 
So one of my "Albino" Pink Convicts is turning bright orange.... is this normal?? I can't seem to find much info online other than info on the females red bellies, which is not the issue. The entire body is turning orange. I'm going to try and get a pic to post.

Nikikim 03-17-2013 11:47 AM

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jaysee 03-17-2013 12:35 PM

Wow that's pretty cool. My female has a lot of orange but no where near that much.

MoneyMitch 03-17-2013 12:38 PM

going to spitball here and say some color change comes with maturity?

Nikikim 03-17-2013 01:07 PM

It doesnt look abnormal, I just can't find much info on the color changing. Im thinking its a maturity thing too. It pretty wild how fast its changing!!

MoneyMitch 03-17-2013 03:53 PM

diet can also have a effect on fish color to a certain extent, which leads me to ask what do ya feed?

Nikikim 03-17-2013 04:14 PM

I feed them cichlid flakes. As far as I know they have all eaten the same food for years.... I just inherited this tank, so I've only had them a few weeks.

AndrewM21 03-17-2013 10:52 PM

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.

jaysee 03-17-2013 11:09 PM

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Originally Posted by AndrewM21 (Post 1472941)
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.

Nikikim 03-17-2013 11:53 PM

Thanks for the input guys, I can rest assured she is NORMAL! LOL


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