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Red Zebra turning a peach color and Yellow Lab with white?

Postby shug11 » Fri May 17, 2013 2:25 pm

So I have 3 red zebra's in my tank. 1 is an albino red zebra, the other 2 are normal.

Both the albino and 1 normal red zebra have started to lose their rich reddish/orange color and have turned into a very pale, peach color. Is this because they're maturing?

Has anyone had this happen or is it because these are not pure Metriaclima estherae?

The colors are very nice, and my wife loves them. But I just want to see if they are actually Metriaclima estherae or just a hybrid of sorts. I thought I took a good picture, but looking at it now, it's very blurry, so I'll try to get a better shot later tonight.

And recently I've noticed that my Yellow Lab's lower body has slowly turned white. Not sure what this means.

Has anyone seen this before? Pics tonight!

Looking on the internet, my red zebra has started turning this color

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Re: Red Zebra turning a peach color and Yellow Lab with whit

Postby jlose600 » Fri May 17, 2013 5:33 pm

Yes Shug11 the male redxred males will turn a peach color at about 2 1/2 to 3 inches. I've had males that kept alot of the orange and some that lost all of their orange. :)
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Re: Red Zebra turning a peach color and Yellow Lab with whit

Postby noki » Fri May 17, 2013 10:04 pm

Yes, males get a blue tint. The orange can fade to peachy on some, some almost look white with some reddish spots. I don't think there is anything bad about the fish, it might be natural, thou a matter of opinion if the males look attractive. The more orange males may be from selective breeding.
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Re: Red Zebra turning a peach color and Yellow Lab with whit

Postby noki » Fri May 17, 2013 10:36 pm

Oh, there are Yellow Labs that have a white belly in nature, close to the Lions Cove Yellow Labs. It is not known if these have been mixed together at some point, or whether sometimes the white belly shows up in some lines.
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Re: Red Zebra turning a peach color and Yellow Lab with whit

Postby shug11 » Sun May 26, 2013 1:02 am

Finally got a good of my albino red zebra..

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Re: Red Zebra turning a peach color and Yellow Lab with whit

Postby shug11 » Sun May 26, 2013 3:05 am

One more time

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Re: Red Zebra turning a peach color and Yellow Lab with whit

Postby shug11 » Fri May 31, 2013 1:43 pm

Does anyone think this could be an Albino Red Top Zebra?

I noticed looking at pictures of other albino red tops, they have the yellow fins that my fish display.
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Re: Red Zebra turning a peach color and Yellow Lab with whit

Postby Kanorin » Fri May 31, 2013 2:18 pm

Looks albino to me. I can't say for sure what species.
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Re: Red Zebra turning a peach color and Yellow Lab with whit

Postby Clarkster » Thu May 13, 2021 10:36 pm

So just to confirm, there is nothing wrong with the fish if it’s fading and looking whiter? Is it just that the darker orange fish are female and the white one is male?
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Re: Red Zebra turning a peach color and Yellow Lab with whit

Postby DJRansome » Fri May 14, 2021 10:00 am

That fish looks very white, but maybe it is the lighting? Adult cherry red zebra males turn a peach color when mature. The natural fish have blue males so the peach color is a combination of the blue natural color and the red line bred color.
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Re: Red Zebra turning a peach color and Yellow Lab with whit

Postby Clarkster » Fri May 14, 2021 9:52 pm

Here is another photo. He is pretty white
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Re: Red Zebra turning a peach color and Yellow Lab with whit

Postby Haplochromine guy » Wed May 19, 2021 4:32 pm

Usually the males in Red Zebras might become blue but I've never heard of these fish turning white before. Just to confirm, I think that's a Red Top Zebra Albino you got there.
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