RED COLOR ENHANCEMENT
The red color is is very desirable to many hobbyists, however, the number of cichlids possessing large percentage of this pigment on their bodies is rather small. One of the objectives of this trial is to see whether the intensity and sheer volume of red can be increased above and beyond what is possible with the current offering of food on the retail market.
For subjects in this part of the COLOR FX trial, we chose a group of readily available "Hippo point salomon's" from Lake Victoria. As can be seen from the photo (below, right), the group consists of old (4-5 year old), and somewhat ragged individuals. In trials of this type, there usually is a tendency to use younger specimens in their prime, carefully groomed to show off a maximum gain. The consensus among Dainichi staff, however, is that this does not represent accurate results cichlid hobbyist can expect to achieve in their own aquariums which are often overcrowded and have various levels of aggression.
A fine example of a 'Hippo Point salomon'
found in many Victorian cichlid hobbyist's aquariums. This specimen is in its prime and has been reared on multiple brands of flake and pellet color formulas readily found in pet stores nation wide. The red intensity is very good but coverage area is at its maximum and will never be higher.
Dainichi reared Hippo point
at the start of the trial. Raised from juvenile stage on varied mix of VEGGIE DELUXE, ULTIMA, and COLOR SUPREME. The red in the cheeks and the blue tint of the gray is common with Dainichi food. The color properties of raw spirulina are drastically stronger than if it is cooked.
Mid-way through the trial it is evident that COLOR FX is tremendously enhancing the sheer volume of red, but not at the cost of other carotenoid pigments. The yellow of the Labidochromis caeruleus is golden but not orange.
Five weeks into the COLOR FX trial, the red has spread onto the upper back, head and face.
At week eight, the red has spread from nose to tail! The yellow of the albino peacock is unaffected.
The increase in the chromatophores containing red pigment is dramatic.The red surface area is easily double that of a typical specimen of this specie. From our trials with the VEGGIE FX formula, we concluded that gains achieved with the combination of Cyclop-eeze®, NatuRose®, krill and raw spirulina, are permanent and irreversible.
A good example of the independent expression of color enhancing properties of COLOR FX. The yellow, red and blue colors are all deep and vibrant.
All dressed up and rearing to go! Maximizing the red color from nose-to-tail is all good as far as this female is concerned!
, commonly known as a 'red empress', at the start of the feeding trial.
Two months later the the head is notably more blue and the body more reddish.
At three months of usage, this red empress has shown a solid improvement. Both the blue of the head and the red of the bode are much deeper and wide-spread. Extended period of feeding is sure to make the red coloration of this fish a real standout in anyone's aquarium. The sheer brilliance and sheen of the blue coloration of the electric blue fryeri is not easily missed.
A large male red empress at the start of the feeding trial. Too much silver and not enough red.
Two months into the trial the red color is visibly replacing the silver areas.
After four months, the full effect of the uncompromized potency of NatuRose®, Cyclop-eeze®, spirulina, and krill are finally realized to their fullest. The bland silver areas are completely displaced by warm, red hues.
Yet another empress at a start of another trial. The head and face are mostly blue.
After three weeks, a noticable red blush develops in the face.
After eight weeks. It is extremely important to note that different Dainichi foods have varyingly different mechanisms of color enhancement. This is just one possibility. This same fish would look noticeably different if it were fed COLOR SUPREME. Exactly how the fish should look is left up to the hobbyist, we simply provide the 'tools' to achieve those goals.
Same fish three months later. This male probably should have been switched to COLOR SUPREME a long time ago. The red is displacing almost all of the blue color in the body and head. At this rate, this individual is likely to achieve 90-95% red coverage. Whether or not this is desirable, is purely in the eye of the beholder. The purpose of this feeding trial is to simply demonstrate the ability of this formula to accomplish what other color enhancing foods can not.