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boxhitter
Posted: Sun Apr 30, 2006 2:31 am Reply with quote
A. labiatus Joined: 18 Nov 2005 Posts: 69
hey everyone,
I have a pair of barred midas and i was woundering if i could use a different light to make theyr color come out? Iam using a powerglow light right now works great with the orange color morph. The power glow bulb has a blue hue to it. Can anyone help me out on a different bulb to use to get more color out of them and tell me the brand and ect. They are already in dark brown gravle. thanks guys and gals
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TenaciousTankBuster
Posted: Mon May 01, 2006 10:21 pm Reply with quote
A. lyonsi Joined: 14 Feb 2006 Posts: 154 Location: Los Angeles, California
Does lighting really make a difference as far as coloration? I always thought it had more to do with what you feed them. Confused

Anyhow, since you brought it up, I'm kinda curious myself since I might be getting a few Barred Midas from Jeff for my other tank sometime soon!
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boxhitter
Posted: Thu May 04, 2006 4:01 am Reply with quote
A. labiatus Joined: 18 Nov 2005 Posts: 69
everything has do to with the color of your fish. the gravle, lighting, food, water con. genes everything!
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TenaciousTankBuster
Posted: Thu May 04, 2006 9:08 pm Reply with quote
A. lyonsi Joined: 14 Feb 2006 Posts: 154 Location: Los Angeles, California
Don't get me wrong tho, I always knew alot had to do with it, but for the most part, I always thought the majority of the factors that determine coloration is usually in the fish's genes and the varity of food you feed them.

On the subject of gravel tho, I am currently using a medium sized natural color gravel (see my thread for pics). When I upgrade to my 90 to a 100 gallon tank I'm seriuosly considering a very dark green. Would this be ok for Barred or even color Midas? I heard the worst you can do is have a "bright colored" substrate like white, yellow, or pink. Any truth to this?

Sorry I couldn't be of much help man. I'm learning alot more from you guys then I'm probably contributing to these forums tho. Confused
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daint2003
Posted: Fri May 05, 2006 9:51 am Reply with quote
Advice Team Joined: 12 Nov 2005 Posts: 61 Location: Saigon, Vietnam
I used dark brown gravels for the substrate, pearl blue paper for the background and a 20w/60 cm light bulb. They works fine with my color RD.
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TenaciousTankBuster
Posted: Fri May 05, 2006 10:41 pm Reply with quote
A. lyonsi Joined: 14 Feb 2006 Posts: 154 Location: Los Angeles, California
I'll keep that in mind, although I was actually thinking about getting a dark green and black gravel for my 90 or 100 gallon. My background (since I have an acryllic tank) is already painted on and it's black. I was going to get the blue but they were out.

Anyhow I hope someone can anwser BoxHitter's question.
Lets get back to topic...
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