Angelfish Losing Color?!

  1. allnaturalallen29

    allnaturalallen29 Valued Member Member



    What's going on with my's color is going away
  2. Mike the fish keeper

    Mike the fish keeper Valued Member Member

    Color loss usual means the fish is stressed. What are the parameters and temperature.
  3. S

    Ste Valued Member Member

    Usually color loss is the fish is stressed, and/or that is the fish's natural color.. looks like those are some zebra or wild angelfish.. maybe its the food or the lack of cover that u give, the lack of cover means the angelfish couldnt camo to anything.. also minght be that the angelfish has long feel threat so that they doesnt have the need to camo bc they feel save..
  4. Dave125g

    Dave125g Fishlore Legend Member

    What other fish are in there?
  5. Bizarro252

    Bizarro252 Well Known Member Member

    I have silver zebras and their black stripes change in intensity all the time.
    This article might help you:


    "Temporary changes in pattern intensity are a normal occurrence with most angelfish. However, prolonged weakness in pattern intensity may signal an unhappy or unhealthy fish. Fish which are uncomfortable in their environment or are fighting disease will appear faded. If left in this stressed state long enough, the faded pattern can become permanent."
  6. bizaliz3

    bizaliz3 Fishlore Legend Member

    If it is only the dark markings that are fading then it's a mood thing. My striped Angels lose their stripes when they're relaxed. But their stripes will get super dark when they are excited or angry.

    If the color is fading all over the place then it could be stress.

    Edit... interesting that the previous link indicates fading Stripes mean they are stressed or uncomfortable. For my angels that's when they're most relaxed!!
  7. Bizarro252

    Bizarro252 Well Known Member Member

    I thought the same thing, I am apparently going to have to do more research because if I sneak up on the tank and dont let them see me they will usually be all silver. However, especially when they are mating (or I recently found out if I give them something extra tasty like brine shrimp) they will get VERY dark stripes.


    Just chillin:

    Actively mating:
  8. bizaliz3

    bizaliz3 Fishlore Legend Member

    Exactly my experience!

    Relaxed angel

    Same angel when guarding eggs


    here are two pics of another angel. The pic with no stripes is first thing in the morning when I turn the light on (relaxed...cuz he was sleeping) . The pic with stripes is after he's been "awake" for a bit. He looks like two entirely different fish!! Even the blue coloring faded at night making him look platinum rather than blue!!