He was sold to me as a green dragon, I just wasn't expecting drastic color change. Good to know it's normal! The bottom fish and the top fish are the same fish.Mcasella said:He looks like a green dragon, which is just switching colors, I had a female that looked like the bottom fish when she was comfortable then when stressed she looked like a chunk of charcoal.
That's the nice part about BNs, they stay smaller I will say though, he's not really green, lol.Ginni said:Good ro know i would love to own a green one both the two i own are the dark dark brown but they are now 6 inches and other is about 7 1/2 inches i was planning on taking one of them to a local family owned pet store that would sell one of them for me because I'm sure i could get really good money for such large pleco's hahaha
It differs sometimes between the fish, the female only showed those colors when she was happily tucked away where she thought you couldn't see her and went completely dark when visible (this was tested is a frosted container with a thick plant to see if it resulted in the same colors).Bithimala said:
My green dragons are a dark green color, but do not display the paler markings (they have a bunch of hides and run when they see my mug looking in, but otherwise are content enough to breed and come out to feast on the foods i offer), the siblings of the brown female was almost charcoal all the time, even when i was stressing him out.Bithimala said:Ok thanks. I just want the little guy to be happy, so if it's stress and I need to add more hides, I will, but if that's a good color, then we're all set. Any way to tell more clearly if the colors can vary by fish?
More hiding places helps them be secure, the darker color morphs seem to not enjoy being viewed unless they are raised where people are looking in at them all times from young fish to adulthood. Lighter colors don't seem to mind being out in view as much.Bithimala said:Any good tips on behavior i should look for to tell about stress?