Thread: Pleco changes colors?
08-25-2011, 10:18 PM #1
Pleco changes colors?
My rubber-nose pleco likes to hide under my drunk skeleton bubble ornament, where theres barely room for him to be there. How is he supposed to grow if he rarely moves from super squashed area? Thats not main thing here though. When hes under there, its a black-bottomed ornament, and he is a very dark brown almost black. When he goes on the back of my aquarium, where i have a background of a castle and lake in the moonlit night, if somebody kicks him out from under ornament, he turns a dark brown with tiny yellow polka dots, the way hes supposed to be. If hes on the front of my aquarium, where he'd be looking at grayish carpet my grandma has all over her house, he turns a dull slate gray (i have to go to side of aquarium to see his back when hes here), and when hes on my natural tan gravel on floor of my aquarium, he very rapidly turns a light beige. Is he camouflaging? I didnt know plecos did that. If hes not camouflaging, why is he changing colors? I cant see it being stress, because if hes scared why wouldnt he just run back to his skeleton?
08-25-2011, 11:12 PM #2
08-26-2011, 12:16 AM #3
Most if not all fish have the ability to change their colouration. Have you ever turned the light on after the tank has been in the dark for hours? Most of the fish are very dull in colour in the dark. Your pleco is only adapting to his surroundings with these slight colour modifications. Your pleco is fine.Warning; Bulldog Pleco guarding my Sons tank now..
Please remember; every keystroke has a consequence.
08-26-2011, 12:20 AM #4
0Originally Posted by Strider199