Yes - that is the normal colour for this fish. The two confirmed males are much more colourful - but very different. One is gold colour other has red streak on the bottom. I purchased them on Jun 18th so 8 months ago - they were a bit under 1/4 of any inch (small). I don't think it is a runt as it doesn't have any obvious deformities.Could actually be. The colouration is washed out. Is the tanik very brightly lit?
It is a 29 with a fluval 3.0 on the top. There is some hornworth and frogbit on the surface to diffuse the light. I think it is not overly bright - i might had the flash on when i took that picture - here are the two confirmed males:Still the tank seems too bright.
I think it is not overly bright - i might had the flash on when i took that picture
When i redo the tank in a year i'll try to find a very fine black substrate instead of white. This is moonlight which is powder fine. The only black I can find is saechem flourite black - it is marginally thicker than moonlight (0.5mm vs .75mm). Here is the full tank:Na, those washed out colours are a reaction to bright backgrounds. Fish always try to fit in with their background. Dark tank, dark fish. Bright tank, bright fish. Too bright can be stressful over time, though.
These two guys here also look quite bright.
Young pleco. They are able to chase them away when they lay eggs. I do wonder if they have pleco in their natural environment....You got me wrong, you don't have to get new substrate. The overall lighting is very bright. Some leaves on the sand and either some tint in the water or even more subdued lighting would be enough.
You keep them with plecos? Bold choice.
Young pleco. They are able to chase them away when they lay eggs. I do wonder if they have pleco in their natural environment....
When the pleco grow out a bit they will be moved to a larger tank - their adult size is 5 inches - but they have a long ways to go to get near that.
Well I can let the forgbit regrow - when i did a water change on saturday i threw away 2/3 of it - the frogbit will shade the bottom. However - there are places in the back that are fully shaded - the fishes always go there the first 2 hours after a water change before the return to the front.For me it's to bright, if your not looking to breed the plecos for now may be ok, like Mac said too bright. I use cheap opaque cutting boards under the light to defuse the light and leaf litter also.