vertical stress bars on female GBR?

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So, I have realized that my lone GBR has more bars on it than a typical one...and I suspect now that they are vertical stress bars. Are they? -_-

If they are, is it the water parameters? Something else? She's the largest one in the tank (with cories and rummy noses) so it shouldn't be bullying or anything. Any thoughts are appreciated.
 

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Any cichlid will color up differently at different times, depending on mood..... stress, spawning, etc.

If your water is fine I wouldn't give it too much thought.



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Hmm, okay. I just hadn't put that much thought into it since she still had *color* and had rather forgotten that the extra stripes might be from stress. She did just come home this past weekend. Thank you though, I will just keep an eye on her.
 

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Especially with a new fish.
It may be colored up nicely, and may go to a very dull color just from you walking into the room. Or the other way around, sometimes cichlids will flare up with color when you get near the tank.
Like I said just keep an eye on it, but I wouldn't worry.


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Thankfully, I also found photos online of other GBRs with visible bars on them like mine has. And I also read on Wikipedia (citing a 1994 book on cichlids by Staeck Linke) that the wild type has more prominent bars as well.

The wild-type of the species has a yellow-green background colour punctuated with blue dots that extend into the dorsal, anal and caudal fins. Wild-type specimens also have seven faint, interrupted dark vertical stripes on the flanks and one stripe vertically downwards across the head through the eye. The vertical stripe through the eye aside, the second bar on the flank is frequently the most intense, appearing as a dark black spot in the relatively unbarred, aquarium-bred strains of the species.
 

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Basically what that is telling you is.....

most of the **** we see these days looks nothing like the original fish in question.....


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