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dobknobby 09-15-2010 07:41 PM

Fire Eel Pale
Hey All,

Quick question, both of my fire eels go a bit pale on the underside... its a grayish pale colour and i dont know why...

Anybody have any ideas???


kitten_penang 09-16-2010 07:24 AM

do you use a light colored substrate?

dobknobby 09-16-2010 11:36 AM

Hi, thankyou for replying to my post.

Yeah i do use a grayish white substrate, could this be why? If so, why does it cause this?


kitten_penang 09-16-2010 02:37 PM

not sure why but fish tend to darken or lighten according to their surroundings including substrate to blend in although not all fish do this but there are some.

kattty 09-17-2010 01:24 PM

I mean..that could be why..but My fire eel was in a tank with very white-ish fine gravel and he was a very dark colour,very solid clean bright colours..ate normally,everything was fine..

I mean, every fish of a certian species is different

kitten_penang 09-17-2010 01:36 PM

yes they are katty. we can even see this happen in rcs

dobknobby 09-20-2010 03:08 AM

oh... i think it must be this then, as he eats fine, i know this because i hand feed him everyday... and its both my fire eels look the same... so must be the reason...

Could my Crayfish be similar then? He used to be a potent bright blue, and now just a faded blue...

kitten_penang 09-20-2010 03:54 AM

yup it's the same reason... which is why aro's are given white tank treatment.

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