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I have 4 JD 2 female 2 male. When I am not near the tank the females go from really light to really dark, and instantly back to light when im near the glass its really strange. I didnt know they change this fast. I hate the light color, any chance they will get darker as they get older. There are only a little over 2 inches now. The males dont get darker at all though? Whats up with this.
 

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If they are new, or have been introduced to you're tank recently, they'll be like this for a little while.Sometimes, it can be stress that changes colors, but they most likely are'nt used to, and have'nt really recognized you yet.Once they "know" you, like an oscar, they'll be beautiful.Also, you'll have to try to feed them a good bit, and/or kind be around during feeding time, that way they'll get used to you.
They will grow quite large, possibly up to 15" and *can* get aggressive, it just depends.A beautiful, dark, rich color will come over them, with pearly colors, and blue-green spangling.Be prepared for a gorgeous fish!
Good Luck. :D :thumb: :dancing:
 

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I’ve been breeding a lot of JDs over the last couple years. I see the exact same thing in all my grow out tanks. It seems when the fish feel more confident they are darker…

Mine will be dark… then I turn the light on and they get light… then I walk away and some get dark some stay light… then I walk back up and they all get light… then I put in some food and some get dark… by the time they are all full they are all dark… I walk away to put the food back and when I reproach half turn light… then quickly darken up…

This is the average morning feeding routine that takes about 4 minutes… lots of changing…
 
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