08-25-2013, 09:18 PM #1
Bolivian Ram Changing Colors: Good or Bad?
Both of my Rams have been very light in coloring with prominent stripes. In the past few days I have noticed that one of them is a very very dark gray with yellow belly. The strip over the eye and the spot on its side is still prominent. My water parameters are great and there haven't been any changes whatsoever. Is this something I should be concerned about or is it normal for them to become darker?56gal Freshwater Planted Community: 1 Angelfish, 2 Bolivian Rams, 8 Cherry Barbs, 6 Bleeding Heart Tetras, 2 Nerite Snails, 1 Yellow Tail Eel, and 1 Bristlenose Pleco
5gal Hex: Betta
1.5gal: Planted Cherry Shrimp
08-26-2013, 09:02 PM #2Banned Discus fish
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- Vancouver, BC, Canada
This fish can alter its patterning and colouration for several reasons. I would check the water first, just to be certain. This species is highly intolerant of nitrates and any substantive changes in quality or parameters. Provided ammonia and nitrite are zero, and nitrate is no higher than 10ppm max, and the pH has not shifted from the norm for your tank, the cause is then most likely either from interaction with the other ram or sometimes other fish species.
I have a male Bolivian who is now just approaching five years, so he is at or slightly past the normal lifespan, and over the five years he has changed like this now and again.
If the yellow is intensifying, this could be pre-spawning. Do you know if you have a pair?