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swainy 06-14-2007 05:42 PM

just wondering y one of my ciclids turned all black and is it going to turn back to its yellow white and black self

leifthebunny 06-14-2007 08:27 PM

Why type of cichlid is it? I have an apistogramma that goes pale when she's scared and darkens when she has panic attacks. But usually she'll go back to normal colors while you watch.

Lupin 06-15-2007 12:28 AM

Welcome to the forum, Swainy.:wave:

What are your water parameters as well? How is it doing right now? Colors do change depending on their mood or the environment. Your fish seems stressed to me.

swainy 06-15-2007 03:26 PM

i just looked it up and the fish is an auratus. it is supposed to look like yellow black and white horizontal stripes but now its black with a white stripe

leifthebunny 06-15-2007 03:55 PM

What are your water parameters and what size is it? Do you have any other fish in the tank with it?

swainy 06-16-2007 07:57 AM

ii dont know what my parameters are. it is about 2 inches and there are about 7 other fish in with it all cichlids theres a yellow lab, 2bricharde, albino, kribenis some other kinds

Amphitrite 06-16-2007 08:01 AM

How long has your tank been established for swainy? I would suggest that you purchase a liquid test kit which will test for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate.

The more information you can give us about your tank, the more we will be able to advise you :)

SinisterKisses 06-16-2007 10:56 AM

I wouldn't worry about it. Male auratus change colour to a blackish-brown. I would assume yours is a male, changing colour. There's nothing you can do about it, he's not gonna go back ;)

herefishy 06-17-2007 08:43 PM

The auratis is sexually color dimorphic. The male will morph into the darker color scheme, opposite the female, as he grows into sexual maturity. This neat scheme is not uncommon in many cichlid species, or other fish species for that matter. Kennyii males, for example, turn a orange/yellow color as they mature. Many African male cichlids develope "egg spots" on their anal fin. Many South American, as well as African, cichlids will have a sexual color differences as they grow into sexual maturity or begin their breeding ritual.

swainy 06-18-2007 08:59 PM

well im in a limbo land cause i have a 125 but it is cracked im waiting for a replacement. so half are in 33 gallon tanks they have been running for a bout a month now amonnia just spiked a week ago but its under control and i just got a uv steralizer for the one and a nh3/4 test kit

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