Cichlids in this section are essentially a 'litmus paper' test for the color enhancing properties of any given food. Whereas solid colored fish may look reasonably acceptable with a large dose of one or two pigment enhancers, multi-colored cichlids such as these simply do not appear as vibrant. However, with seven applications of a wide variety of marine and vegetable color enhancers, COLOR FX is the ultimate in promoting black, white, yellow, orange, red, blue and green pigments all in one fish! As can be seen in the Hap. obliquidens male below, the yellow, orange, red, blue and black are all in peak intensity. The chief feature responsible for this unique feat is, of course, the ability of Cyclop-eeze® to work in concert with other super-potent pigment enhancers such as NatuRose® (natural astaxanthin), two types of spirulina, krill, and shrimp. These fish have been on display in our office for over three and a half years. We safely estimate their age at four and a half to five years old, which is over the hill by Victorian cichlid standards. Hobbyists familiar with these fish know females at this age are essentially no longer reproductively active, yet during the course of our trials, two of the three females spawned successfully.
Four weeks into the trial, the red and orange displace some of the yellow, but does not change the hue itself. The blue in the dorsal is very clean.
The expression of all of the colors is independent of each other. This is a terrific example of the color contrast possible with a finely tuned diet.
Above: Yellow dorsal variety of frontosa interrupting a spawning pair.
Below: Spawning pair.
Cichlids like this calico peacock are expected to have a varied mix of bright colors regardless of their pedigree. It is harder to judge the true effects of the food on fish no one has standards for.
Day one. 'Hap Ishmaeli'
ready for some Dainichi COLOR FX. This formula is tailored for hobbyists who desire subtle differences between yellows, oranges and reds.
End of the ten week trial. All of this cichlid's colors pop with intensity!
Another look. The fish is in a relaxed state, thus the black is momentarily subdued.
With seven doses of various color enhancers and high amount of marine proteins (45%), juvenile OB trewavasae
and Hap. obliquidens
, all exhibit exceptional red, blue and purple hues.
These sub-adult Victorian males were raised from fry exclusively on the COLOR FX formula. The sheer volume of red is outstanding. The only drawback is a noticeable reduction of yellow on the sides. Breeders or hobbyists desiring to preserve more of the yellow in their cichlids should switch to either ULTIMA, COLOR SUPREME or VEGGIE DELUXE before the aggressive encroachment of red coloration reaches this advanced state. Typically, the switch should be made after two to three months. If, however, more red is desired, feeding with this or the VEGGIE FX formula will provide unequalled results.