Head stripe fading on 4wk clowns? - Carolina Fish Talk
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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 01-29-2012, 09:23 PM Thread Starter
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Head stripe fading on 4wk clowns?

I noticed tonight that the head stripe on my 2 biggest clown babies has a small orange patch in the middle of it. I don't remember it being like that before, but I could be wrong. What could cause the stripe to fade? Or did I just overlook this? All 5 are fully striped otherwise, and 2 have black marks on the tail as well. Feeding crushed/powdered marine chips, live BBS and frozen BBS, do a scrape/change every other day, just added a small filter today.

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It's normal for a clown's colors and patterns to shift over time, especially if they are captive bred.

I have one from Doni's Reef that was, at first, just orange with only 2 stripes. Now he has all 3 stripes (the one near the tail was missing) and now he's getting a beautiful brick-red/brown saddle spot just behind his gills. I can't wait to see what he looks like as an adult.

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