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Old 06-30-2010
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I am curious to know at what age do Ilangi generally start showing their best color. I have had my young colony for about 3 months now and I have seen some beautiful flashes of color and taken some nice photos, but more often than not they seem on the more subdued side in regards to their overall color. Does their color become more pronounced in maturity ? I have been very prolific about my water changes and keeping my perimeters in check, now I'm hoping for some beautiful fish. They are now about 2 1/2 inches in size and growing fast. I am super excited to have Ilangi finally and I'm hoping they will end up looking something like some of the pictures I've seen in the photo gallery and on the web. My Dub's and Ikolas always look great as did my old colony of Lufubu so I hope my expectations are not too high. Please let me know what you think
Tropheus I have kept or am keeping now:
Duboisii Maswa
Ilangi - orange
Brichardi Katonga
Kiriza Gold
Petrochromis Red Bulu Point
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Old 07-01-2010
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These fish need a light substrate and bright rocks. I have Lufubu in a tank with white sand and ocean rock. Althought I'm not a fan of ocean rock, but because of its light colour which appears golden when the lights are on, my Lufubu show some awesome colours. They are about 2 inches at the moment.

Fish in the wild tend to mimic their surroundings so as not to be easily detected from birds of prey above etc

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Old 07-01-2010
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I rec'd my WC Ilangi colony last June, and they were about three inches. Today a year later, they are four inches, and really starting to show color. They started breeding for me last November, and have become more aggressive toward one another, but breeding has become more consistant.

I feed NLS, HBH Graze, and Shrimp mix.

Given time the color will pop.
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color, ilangi

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