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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 12:06 am Post subject: FOOD FOR COLOUR?? Reply with quote

 Hey  there  have  been  lots  of  fish  food  which  promise  to  make  a  fish  RED,like  FAST  RED,BASIC  RED,this  red  tht  red  etc  etc,i  would  like  to  know  is  there  anyone  who  had  had  any  success  using  these??Im  currently  using  FAST  RED  which  supposedly  promised  to  make  my  fish  red  in  a  week,it  has  been  5  months  now,no  effect,but  yeah  the  food  has  promoted  growth  if  not  colour.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 12:34 am Post subject: Re: FOOD FOR COLOUR?? Reply with quote

 I've  tried  this  RED  series  (From  the  cheaper  Koi  Red,  to  Hi  Red,  Fast  Red,  and  all  series)  for  many  years.  
 
 And  if  i  recommend  any  (among  the  one,  easily  available  in  India),  then  it  is  only  Excel  Red  (by  A.i.m  ).  The  price  might  be  little  higher  than  other  RED  series  of  food.   It  is  a  real  worthy  food  with  good  proportion  of  protein  and  other  contents.  
 
 I  dont  claim  these  food  makes  the  fish  red  in  a  week.   But,  it  does  enhance  the  natural  color  of  a  fish  and  might  work  with  Gold  Fishes,  Koi's,  few  cichlid  like  Salvini,  Albino  Tiger  &  Albino  Oscars,  and  some  strains  of  discus.  With  my  experiences,  these  food  havent  given  color  boost  to  any  african  mbuna's,  but  if  you  try  them  for  albino  rainbow  shark  or  common  rainbow  sharks  or  some  goldfishes,  then  you  u  could  see  amazing  result  in  few  days.  Personally  i  prefer  this  pellet  for  its  quality  and  42%  plus  protein  and  faster  growth  and  mostly  all  fish  prefer  this  in  my  experience.  
 
 My  advice  is,  dont  trust  in  color  enhancing  food  that  claims  color  multiplication  in  couple  of  days.  And  every  fishes  dont  turn  red  ,  with  red  color  enhancement  food  series.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 9:52 pm Post subject: Re: FOOD FOR COLOUR?? Reply with quote

 thnx  oscar,yeah  i  do  not  doubt  the  quality  of  the  food,its  wonderful,just  to  correct  myself  im  usin  basic  red  fish  food!!  it  has  done  wonders  wid  regards  to  growth,but  i  have  doubts  on  colour
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 11:54 am Post subject: Re: FOOD FOR COLOUR?? Reply with quote

 What  fish  are  you  trying  to  make  red?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 2:33 pm Post subject: Re: FOOD FOR COLOUR?? Reply with quote

 yes  even  i  would  like  to  know..
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 3:20 pm Post subject: Re: FOOD FOR COLOUR?? Reply with quote

 I  am  surprised  to  know  that  feeding  a  particular  brand  can  change  the  colour  of  the  fish,  do  you  mean  a  blue  fish  turning  red.....  ?ROFL  amazing.....
 
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 3:31 pm Post subject: Re: FOOD FOR COLOUR?? Reply with quote

 yes  joy  
 a  blue  fish  can  turn  red...by  feeding  it  hormone  ..  or  by  dyeing..of  by  tatooing(designs  drawn  by  injecting  dye  in  specific  areas)
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 9:49 pm Post subject: Re: FOOD FOR COLOUR?? Reply with quote

 i  have  african  cichlids,but  in  no  way  did  i  expect  them  to  turn  red,i  do  have  a  albino  severum  which  i  did  expect  to  turn  red  atleast  a  lil,but  the  food  did  have  a  wonderful  effect  on  the  peacock  cichlid  i  have,it  has  grown  into  one  beautiful  fish....
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 10:37 pm Post subject: Re: FOOD FOR COLOUR?? Reply with quote

 Scorpio,
 sorry  to  disappoint  you  but,  a  fish  displays  it's  natural  colors  only  when  adult  and  when  provided  with  the  correct  environment.  Ofcourse,  food  does  enhance  the  color  to  a  certain  extend  but,  if  not  supplimented  with  proper  water  parameters  the  fish  will  not  display  it's  prime.
 Instead  of  feeding  artificial  'enhancers'  try  to  feed  the  fish  the  food  it  normally  feeds  on  in  it's  natural  environment  and  see  how  wonderfully  they  react  to  it!  One  more  thing  since  you  are  based  in  Mumbai  -  the  source  water  is  soft  do  you  buffer  the  water  for  african  cichlids?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 11:23 pm Post subject: Re: FOOD FOR COLOUR?? Reply with quote

 Oh  u  r  rite  aqua,but  the  growth  it  achieved  after  i  started  feedin  it  the  food  woz  remarkable,i  mean  i  just  noticed  the  growth,yeah  i  do  feed  them  green  frozen  food  once  in  a  while,hey  i  have  not  faced  any  problems  wid  the  water  yet  for  any  fish,i  just  add  the  normal  hard  salt  and  anti-chlorine!!!  thnx  for  the  info
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 11:44 pm Post subject: Re: FOOD FOR COLOUR?? Reply with quote

                                                   
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i  just  add  the  normal  hard  salt                

 just  a  word  of  caution,  dont  alter  the  chemistry  in  one  shot  or  you  will  stress  the  fish.......do  it  gradually  if  you  intend  to  buffer  the  water
 
                                                 
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but  the  growth  it  achieved  after  i  started  feedin  it  the  food  woz  remarkable                

 see  anything  that  sounds  remarkable  is  not  always  good  for  the  fish........yes,  you  will  get  outstanding  results  temporarily  but,  it  will  have  it's  side  effects  later  on.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 12:11 am Post subject: Re: FOOD FOR COLOUR?? Reply with quote

 hey  i  have  been  usin  salt  for  past....................5  years,no  probs,infact  im  proud  to  say  tht  i  have  never  had  case  of  disease!!!!
 
 not  only  sound  remarkable  it  looked  remarkable  too,hmmmm,i  hope  now  there  are  no  side  effects
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 1:24 am Post subject: Re: FOOD FOR COLOUR?? Reply with quote

 In  my  opinion  its  best  to  use  natural  color  enhancers.If  the  fish  get  any  redder,  well  and  good....and  if  they  dont  get  redder,atleast  they  will  get  fatter!  Very Happy   try  these  foods:
 1.Red  shrimps(the  small  dried  type)
 2.shrimp  eggs/crab  eggs(they  are  orange  in  color,with  some  kind  of  natural  pigment
 3.astaxanthin  ....this  has  worked  quite  well  for  me(fish  i.e.).I  was  told  astaxanthin  is  extracted  from  a  kind  of  algae,though  i'm  not  sure,but  if  it  is,I  see  no  harm  in  using  it.
 
       A  word  of  caution  though  with  options  1  and  2.Since  you  have  african  cichlids(i'm  assuming  they  are  malawi  mbunas)...take  care  to  feed  shrimp/eggs  in  small  amounts  counter-balanced  with  plenty  of  greens.Small  quantities  of  red  feed,and  patience  are  required!  Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 2:53 am Post subject: Re: FOOD FOR COLOUR?? Reply with quote

 Hey  scorpiopereira,
 They  say  coffee  can  change  skin  colour  in  humans.  I've  been  drinking  coffee  since  I  was  16.  I  am  still  as  white  as  the  fallen  snow  here  Thumb Down  .   The  only  thing  that  turns  me  red  is  the  sunshine  we  will  be  getting  this  spring   Chuckle  .
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