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Mbuna fading to white

Postby Clarkster » Sat Feb 27, 2021 8:31 pm

Hi All,
I had a Lombardoi mbuna that was yellow with black stripes and recently it has faded to white with black stripes. I've attached a picture here. Do you think it is something I need to be concerned about?

The water quality seems good and I haven't noticed it being bullied, but it is a bit odd.

Thanks!
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Re: Mbuna fading to white

Postby DJRansome » Sat Feb 27, 2021 9:23 pm

Adult male lombardoi are solid yellow. Juvenile lombardoi are blue with bars.

It could be a juvenile transitioning to the solid yellow coloring. How long was it yellow before?
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Re: Mbuna fading to white

Postby Clarkster » Sat Feb 27, 2021 10:05 pm

We have a number of blue and yellow mbunas. It is possible that I mixed up if he was previously blue before he faded white. Is fading to white normal during that trasnsition?
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Re: Mbuna fading to white

Postby DJRansome » Sat Feb 27, 2021 11:06 pm

The colors can vary widely during the transition.
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Re: Mbuna fading to white

Postby noki » Sun Feb 28, 2021 1:34 am

Not real sure what is going on, but it is not sick. Did you get the fish recently? If it was a yellowish male may have lost color since there may be more dominant males. If it was more blue might be fading, or transitioning to male color. Females can fade, or even turn dull yellowish, females don't always keep that attractive shiny blue.
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Re: Mbuna fading to white

Postby Clarkster » Sun Feb 28, 2021 10:10 am

Thank you!!!
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