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02-15-2013, 05:06 PM #1
Blood Parrot changed color in seconds? problem?
I just did my weekly 50% w/c on my 90 gallon. Right after the change I noticed that my largest blood parrot had changed from a brilliant orange to almost pink or pale apricot. this happened within minutes of the water change.
Should I be concerned? This has never happened before. The water temp matched, and I used 3 capfuls of Prime which equals 1 1/2 dose. ph from tap and tank are the same
This happened about 30 minutes ago and the BP has not reverted back to it's normal color. Anyone have a clue what's going on?
02-15-2013, 07:25 PM #2
PS to this. Now I'm worried that I didn't dose with Prime. Second guessing myself. so I dosed the tank again, just to be safe.
The BP is gradually regaining its color. All the fish seem fine so if, on the off chance, I didn't add prime the tank would have had 50% pure tap water for about an hour before I decided to dose (again??).
Hopefully all will be well. But I'm starting to think this fish keeper needs a keeper after the debacle with the hoses leaking then leaving my canister unplugged a week ago. Any Volunteers??? No? Oh well ....
02-24-2013, 03:20 PM #3
Okay. My big BP did the SAME thing after I did a water change yesterday. His color bled out from brilliant orange to pale, pale apricot. This is the 2nd water changes in a row that has resulted in his color bleed. This time I'm certain I used dechlorinator (was afraid maybe I'd forgotten the last time) so it's not that. He colored up by evening but today, he's pale again.
I observe this tank closely every day. I see absolutely no aggression so I'm thinking it's not a stress issue. He ate like a pig this morning and eats well every day. Anyone have any ideas what might be going on with this guy and if I should be worried about him?
02-24-2013, 03:30 PM #4
Yes, it is stress. That color change is an immediate indication. I know the minute I see a color change I have a problem. I have two that do that if my water is just a bit warmer than they like it. I opt now to go with cooler rather than warmer if in doubt.
02-24-2013, 03:34 PM #5
02-24-2013, 03:40 PM #6
I think some are just picky snots and more bothered by little things than others. I have 3 that don't change a bit and 2 that act all put-out if something changes for them.
I compare them to my children. Both boys are just wonderful and have always been and two girls that were born SNOTS and are still snots 35 years later.