There are lots of potential reasons your Frontosa is pale but without knowing the specifics of your tank (e.g., tank size, tank mates, water parameters, age of the Frontosa), it’s almost impossible to know why. I noticed his gills are a little red too however he is acting normal. His entire front half became very pale – almost white -, within a second, while his rear half remained its usual blue-green spotted pattern. There have been known to have Green, Blue, and even a Red Texas Cichlid. The hardness is 150 ppm and the pH is about 7.4 -7.6, maybe that is too high? Better go looking if you don’t see someone…. If so, good!! Hi , I have two blue kenyi cichlid with faint black stripes. She is very healthy, good appetite and very active so yeh, I think she is fine. 2 filters, plenty of air movement too. Thank you for your time and knowledge! Nitrate is at 5ppm. Does the tank have a substrate and, if so, what is it? Thanks for the note and thanks for checking out the blog (tell your cichlid keeping friends!). Hi Ivan, thanks for visiting the blog and thanks for the note. There are lots of variables that affect color changes in cichlids. Also, very glad to hear you cycled your tank in advance of the fish. Many Texas cichlids have three black bars on the body. Hi Paula. However, a coloration change for this reason would normally be accompanied by some expressive behavior (e.g, circling each other, shaking, lip-locking). There are many vendors who sell peacocks. Cichlids are cool fish! The autonomic nervous system directs rapid color changes in response to stimuli such as a predator or an aggressive tankmate. Sorry, but I need more information before I can help you. Join us now to get access to all our features. Blue Rams are New World species and thus prefer a little softer water than most African cichlids. Welcome! Hi Raya! It’s almost impossible to answer your question without knowing what species of fish you are talking about and more details about where it resides, its tankmates, your water parameters, etc. Note: The photo at the top is from a nice article on the influence of genetics on social behavior in chichlids by Hans Hofmann, professor in the Department of  Integrative Biology at the University of Texas at Austin. Sometimes colorful cichlids will become less colorful when stressed or agitated, and either of those can come simply from someone’s presence. What I would recommend you do is identify what type of source water you have (hard, soft, acidic, neutral, alkaline, etc.) I hope your Rams do well. The red Texas cichlid comes in a variation of colors, actually—orange, yellow, and well, red. I plan to reach out to him again soon. In contrast, Pseudotropheus lombardoi fry are typically blue in color, but adult males will be yellow. Adult male peacocks are indeed quite colorful, more so than females. Yes, the tank was cycled before I introduced fish, ammonia and nitrite are always zero and nitrate is 0.5 ppm. Are the two fish near each other when they’re resting on the substrate? My other cichlids are totally fine and they have been. Chloé Laubu and François-Xavier Dechaume-Moncharmont. The Texas cichlid was originally part of the genus Cichlasoma until this group was restricted to South American cichlid species. Knowledge and experience. In this study, they looked at the color change that occurs in this fish throughout the spawning process. in the typical aquarium they reach around 10 inches give or take. They are very similar to H. cyanoguttatus, though their spots are larger and more like blotches. I’m going to move our conversation to e-mail. Fish club focused on cichlids located in the greater Dallas Fort Worth area Most factors affecting color changes are within your control but not all of them. As far as coloration, the body itself will often be dark or light green. Many fish, cichlids included, often display color changes and color fading. Only by understanding the variables that affect color changes can you understand what you are witnessing and whether you should change something that you control. Much of this is expressed via sexual dimorphism, but that’s a topic for another post. No need to be concerned. There are also developmental (ontogentic) changes that affect coloration. Für nähere Informationen zur Nutzung Ihrer Daten lesen Sie bitte unsere Datenschutzerklärung und Cookie-Richtlinie. Frontso cichlid pale in color eats normal just don’t know why. Thank you for the note and thanks for reading the blog. See if you can catch your Ram with the tank light on and when you’re located such that it can’t see you. The "electric blue" gene has been selected for in these fish, making them more blue compared to the blue-green form. It’s usually the adults that show final colors. It is the only cichlid (about 1 1/2″) in a 15 gallon tank along with a couple Blue Wag Platies and a neon tetra, 2 corys. Thanks for the comment and for reading. its amazing. Hello everyone! Remarks: Texas Cichlids (Herichthys carpintis) are found in northern Mexico. 9. I don’t keep Frontosa, but if I knew more about the tank it is in, I might be able to help. Red Flesh This has major genetic from mother so it has more chance in changing color. This cool fish exhibits great parental care and like all fish in the Herichthys genus change from their typical color to an amazing black and white breeding dress. I always feed them a high quality food to make that color pop on them. I do water changes and fish are healthy and active. They are now getting along fine and follow one another. Then take notice if it colors up any when you’re out of view. Yahoo ist Teil von Verizon Media. 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