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Ok I just bought 2 Rainbows 1 a male and 1 a female. I seen pics in magazines online ect of the male being nice and blue in the front and bright yellow in the back, my fish get like bruised color (blue/purple-ish) in the front and he kinda yellow in the back. Sometimes 5-45 min later he will go back to more of a silver in the front and same color yellow in the back, is this normal?! I feed them some flakes and tropical crips but they dont seem to go for anything at the top it has to sink to them.

2nd my Clown Loaches, they seem to hide ALL day long and sometimes we can spot them in the middle of the night. I have heard they "adapt" to tank mates habbits but heck we hardly see them, is this normal? Is there anything to get them out in the open?
 

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hi
the first i can't help with,the second...............
clown loaches will hide,and sometimes only come out at night.
how long have you had them for,and how many are there ?
do they have plenty of places to hide.
sinking catfish pellets will often bring them out,droped at the middle
sort of near the back,then when they are used to that drop
the pellets nearer the front.mine make clicking noises to me
in the morning if i am late to feed. :)
a treat of blood worm,water daphnia,sometimes brings
them out to forage,mine don't really like the light,so i sometimes
see them early in the morning,or late at night.
don't loose hope.
:)
 

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Sometimes 5-45 min later he will go back to more of a silver in the front and same color yellow in the back, is this normal?
Yes, that's normal. I have 3 male Boesemani and when they are excited or showing off to each other they will get very dark up front ranging from a violet blue to blackish. When they're more mellow and laid back the front color fades. I have one that's very orange in the back and the others are more yellow. I've read the colors really depend on if they're wild caught or tank raised. The wild caughts are much more vibrant colored.

The rainbow in my avatar is Moe, my biggest Boe. He is in his calm colors there.
 

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Willow, we have 2 loches and have only had them for about a week now. There is ship, a cave, and a cave that attaches to glass (which I have seen one of them in) for "hiding spots". When I drop a wafer in the pleco and cory cat (who is always out) will munch on them, bout 1/2 hr to hour later we can see the loaches
 

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just the two of them,and very new.there is your answer :)
clowns really do better in a larger group,however due to the size
that they can eventually get to,alot of people are not able
to occomadate their needs.you have provided them with cover
which is fantastic,be aware they can and will often also squeeze into places you would never think a fish would go lol,
and don't panic too much if you see one or both laying on their
side as if dead,it's a common thing with clowns.
however if you approach the tank and thet don't shoot off,then have another look.They can also be prone to white spot,so try and keep an eye on them,clowns are prone to it.
as for the feeding............
feed the happy fish at the front,and drop a couple of catfish pellets
in the back.how many cory cats do you have,they are fabulouse to watch in a group of 6+
oh i forgot to ask the magic question.....how big is your aquaruim
and do you have any piccies :)
 

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Ok ? 1) we have a 55 gallon tank
? 2) Are catfish pellets the same as algea wafers?
? 3) What is piccies? Never heard/seen them
 

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Catfish pellets and algae wagers are two different items and my loaches & cats love them equally. I think piccies is slang for pics, as in pictures??
 

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ok Ive looked for this catfish pellets, can someone give me a link to what they use?!?! PLEASE!
 

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sorry i didn't explain properly.
yes "piccies" pictures.
and the others have provided great information.
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AH THANK YOU TO ALL!!! Found the pellets, gonna get some next order along with the shrimp pellets!

And the piccies thats funny right there! I did google search after google search! Yeah there are a couple pics under "tanks" at bottom of post.

As far as food companies I see there is Hikari, Omega One, O.S.I., Wardley, Tetra, is there a big difference between any of them?! I see some are more pricey than others when it comes to the shrimp and pellets. Or for the most part are they the same or is there certain "ingredients" that I need to look for?

Thanks for all the input everyone!
 

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Brand names are *mostly* preference as long as you're only considering the better brand names (i.e. not store brands). I've been a big fan of Wardley for a long time when it comes to prepared foods, and I buy Hikari for all of my frozen foods. However, I recently got a Jack Dempsey and got him some Omega One cichlid pellets, and I was *very* impressed with both the nutrition info and the actual ingredients list. For example, compare these ingredients:

Top Fin (Petsmart's store brand) betta pellets:
Fish meal, wheat flour, soybean meal, krill meal, corn gluten meal, stablized fish oil, squid meal, yeast....

Omega One Natural Protein Formula Freshwater Flakes:
Whole salmon, halibut, black cod, whole herring, whole shrimp, whole krill, wheat flour, wheat gluten, fresh kelp...
 

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As for the first, depending on how young the rainbows are their colors will very, being more vivid the older they get. For the second, keep in mind that loaches are nocturnal so you will not see them as much during the night. It also just takes time for the loaches to become comfortable with staying out in the open.
 
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