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03-24-2013, 07:13 PM #1
Color changing female. What's going on?
I have 2 female guppies in a 20g tank with 2 ADFs and a few ghost shrimp. I got them from a mixed variety female-only tank in my LFS. One of the guppies, the one in question, has a pale yellow and grey snakeskin pattern with 2 stripes above her belly. The lowest stripe is pale greyish-blue and the top stripe is pale pinkish-red. She is very young, only about an inch long right now. I fed them at 10:30am and everything was normal. When I went back to check on them at noon, the snakeskin guppy's lower stripe had become a dark black color. I ate lunch, and in the 30 minutes it took me to check on her again, her color was back to normal. What could have caused such a quick color change like that?
Just in case this is important, here are my water parameters:
Temp: 95 degrees
Heavily planted with live and silk plants in gravel substrate.
550 Lumen LED lightingProud mommy of 1 betta, 1 ADF, and 3 guppies.
03-24-2013, 09:07 PM #2Member Goldfish
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The water temp is too warm, should be around 82° max. If this only happens around feeding time, maybe this is causing stress...if the fish are chasing each other around. Either way, you need to lower the temp slowly and that might reduce some of the stress.
03-24-2013, 09:36 PM #3
Oops, I hit the 9 instead of the 7. The temperature is 75 degrees. Sorry about that.Proud mommy of 1 betta, 1 ADF, and 3 guppies.