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    Default Haplochromis Red Back Scraper colony no colour?


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    Looked around on the forum posts, searched but could find nothing on the red backs. First post but looking for some help in determining what is wrong with our cichlids. Water tests have been spot on, 7.8 ph, 5 drops gh and kh, ammonia at 0, nitrite at 0 and nitrate at 5ppm, phosphates at 0. But still they have displayed 0 colour? Biggest one is around 2-2.5 inch completely colourless except for Red tipping all display along the edge of the dorsal fins, with some pale blue in the individual vanes. The rest come in at around 1-1.5 inch all are we assume still juvenile? We have tried to sex the fish and believe the biggest is male while the rest are female but it is hard to be sure. They have recently been moved into this 4 foot tank they're last tank was 3 foot. They have now settled in and seem to be complacent but still no sign of any colour for any of them. Any ideas? IMG_1659.jpgIMG_1660.jpg

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    Maybe add more hiding places. Adult stressed coloration isn't far off from juvenile colors. Also, the females will need to be able to hide from the male if you get,him into breeding condition. These little guys can be quite aggressive to their own.

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    Sounds like good advice, I haven't kept cichlids but is sounds like they are stressed and adding hiding places or breaking up lines of sigh usually helps out with stressed fish.
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    So would you put in more plants or more caves or both?

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    Caves. I don't know precisely which species of Victorian flameback you have but the ones I had were amazingly mean to each other. In a 6 foot tank I could only keep one male and the females needed places they could hide from him as well. I never had an issue with colors, I did have issues with male fry escaping my notice until they were relegated to a corner. No issues with other species though.

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    These are the red back scraper cichlid; so far we're almost positive one is male while the rest are female though they are quite young still so that could change. Will be adding a few more caves later today. Hopefully this works. We're not sure if maybe this species just takes time to gain colour or not as they are still quite young. But we are unsure at what stage they leave being juveniles? Biggest At around 2.5 inch is around 5 months; they rest on average 1-1.5 inch and around 3 to 4 months maybe, we are not 100% on age

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