Claire Corlett

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COLOR ENHANCING Tips for Fish!

COLOR ENHANCING Tips for Fish!


Hey guys it’s Jennie! Welcome back once again to Solid Gold! A lot of times when people want to enhance the color of their aquarium or pond fish they will immediately jump to color enhancing foods thinking that it’ll be some sort of magic bullet that will instantly turn their fish into the Rainbow Fish overnight NARRATOR: They called him… Rainbow Fish! But actually while color enhancing foods can be a really good tool to help improve the color of your fish trying to improve the color or enhance the color of your fish is actually more of a multi- faceted thing that a comprehensive approach works best for. Before we get too far into this video I want to say thank you to New Life Spectrum for sponsoring this video because I’ve been using NLS food on my goldfish for a couple of years now and I’ve been really happy with the results. I decided to switch to NLS for my goldfish after getting a good recommendation about it from a fellow goldfish breeder. Shout out to Cynthia! and I know even use it for my beta fish and my discus as well. I hope this goes without saying because you guys have been watching me for so long now and you know my character and my personality but… I would never team up to work with a brand unless our mission and values were aligned AND I was also a happy customer of that brand and believed in the product wholeheartedly as well. Obviously my thoughts and opinions, as they have always been, are 100% my own So how do you enhance the color of you fish? Well actually the first thing to consider is the aquatic environment Darker substrate and background, or on the flip-side, lighter substrate and background can actually have a huge impact on the color that your fish displays depending on what species of fish that you have. For example, something I learned recently since I recently got my very first discus is that discus actually show their best and brightest coloration when they are on a really light or white even background and substrate. What they do is they try to kind of blend in to their surroundings so a lot of discus types can actually develop dark, black, peppering over their pattern that is in response to a darker background that they may be living in. It can be an aesthetic issue if you want a discus that is showing its best coloration from what that color type is supposed to look like. Surprisingly, in some cases, color potential can either be helped or hindered very early on in a fish’s life. For example a study done in 2013 investigated the effects of background color on the skin color on very young goldfish. They found that goldfish raised in tanks with white backgrounds had diminished skin keratinoid content and less intensity of skin color as opposed to fish raised in tanks with blue or red backgrounds Isn’t that crazy? The background and substrate color that you choose for your aquarium is just gunna depend on the species of fish that you keep since all these different species of fish have different preferences and different background colors that are gunna make their colors really pop and stand out the best. So, as your researching on how to set up your aquarium for your fish, make sure you keep in mind the color of the substrate and what effects that’s going to have on the coloration the fish that you’re keeping. Copper tank lighting can also influence the intensity of you fish’s color. Goldfish and Koi for example exhibit their best color potential when kept under real sunlight. If real sunlight isn’t possible you can even try florescent lights that have a similar temperature and kelvin rating to sunlight. On the other hand, for some fish, lighting that is too intense actually fade their colors. Species that are naturally found in low-light areas may actually fade when kept in a brightly lit aquarium. So again it’s just gunna come down to researching the lighting recommendations for the exact species of fish that you wanna keep in your aquarium and making sure that you tailor every aspect of the aquarium to meet their needs when it comes to the best coloration being produced. Believe it or not, hides or caves in the aquarium also impact the amount and intensity of coloration that your fish is gunna show! Some, but of course, not all types of fish require hiding places like rock caves or plants to really feel secure in their environment. When a fish feels secure in its environment, it’s going to have the best chance of developing really intense, beautiful coloration. In addition to engineering every part of the aquarium environment to maximize color potential you’re also gunna want to consider the health of your fish I feel like a lot of times when myself or other aquarium educators caution people about making sure they don’t stress out their fish it can kind of be blown off as like a trivial matter. It’s actually that stress can cause legitimate and very devastating health concerns for your fish because when the fish is stressed it’s raising those… um stress hormones in their body and over a prolonged period of time that can actually cause them to break down and have diseases and succumb to things that they would normally be able to fight off with their immune system Color-fading can be a really good early indicator that your fish is stressed out A fish whose health is suffering due to poor water quality or maybe a fish that is stressed out because it’s crammed into too small of a tank with too many other territorial fish is going to exhibit poor color Similarly, some fish are actually more social than others and will never develop their full color intensity potential unless kept in schools where they can interact with other individuals of their species. Again, it’s gunna come down to researching the specific needs of the species that you’re choosing to keep, because every species of aquarium fish and pond fish is so different from the next, you’re gonna need to do your research and make sure that you’re setting up their habitat in a way that is conducive to good health because good health produces good coloration and yes we finally get to address diet! Including those color enhancing foods Before even thinking about color enhancement in your food though, you’re gunna wanna make sure that you’re providing your fish with a healthy diet in general for the species of fish that you have! A fish with a healthy diet to begin with will show much better coloration than one who’s basic dietary needs are simply not being met. Once you’re sure the food you’ve chosen provides the basic dietary needs of your fish you can look for foods with color enhancing properties as well. When examining the label look for naturally color enhancing like corela seaweed, spirulina, Canthaxanthin, Astaxanthin, beta-Carotene, whole antarctic krill, marigold paprika and peppers. All of these ingredients are really valuable color enhancers and aside from that many of them are actually just really healthy for your fish too. The really cool thing is certain ingredients actually work to enhance certain different colors. For example Spirulina helps enhance blue colors while astaxanthin enhances red and paprika and marigold help to bring out orange colors A red color enhancing food that I’ve recently tried is called Ultrared by New Life Spectrum and I was particularly curious to see what it would do for my red and white butterfly telescope that due to genetics, is really more of a light orange than a red and after feeding the Ultrared to this fish for a few weeks I have noticed the light orange color turn just a shade darker. I wasn’t expecting a miracle because like I said I know this fish is genetically just more orange than red but given the situation I’m pretty happy with the results that I’ve seen so far! And finally some other things to consider which would be the age of the fish the species of the fish, whether it’s male or female… things like that. Some fish actually won’t develop into their full colors until they reach adulthood, so if your fish is juvenile it’s likely still showing a more drab juvenile color form and will eventually grow into its full adult colors. Additionally of course, some species of fish are going to have brighter, more intense colors during their mating season than they do during any other times of the year. And often times, with some species, males of that species will have brighter more intense colors and sometimes even more ornate finage then the female counterparts of the species, because the males use their color intensity and their cool fins to attract the female. Also, keep in mind that there are some species of fish that just don’t look colorful no matter what you do! Don’t expect your Silverdollars, for example, to turn into the Rainbow Fish after using these tips. NARRATOR: The most beautiful fish in the entire ocean! not gonna happen! Unless altered in some way, think Glowfish for example. A fish can only display colors that it naturally has. Genetics plays a role as well. Like I mentioned earlier, some of the fish that I have bred from red and white parents, some of em come out all white, some of em turn out kind of yellow-orange and white, some of them turn out red and white some of them turn out all orange, some all red, just like in people there’s gunna be genetic variation in fish as well. Different species will have varying amounts of genetic variation like, I think Goldfish, for example, has a very large range of genetic variation as compared to maybe some wild caught fish that- that pretty much all look the same except for very minor differences So I hope these color enhancing tips helped you learn a little bit more about the different factors besides just color enhancing food that can play a role in intensifying the colors of your aquarium or pond fish. If you found this video helpful please make sure to subscribe. If you’re already subscribed hit that bell button so you can be notified every time I make a new video since I do make videos every single week about different aspects of aquarium care. If you have any color enhancing tips that I didn’t mention in this video please leave them in the comment section below. I’d love to hear from you! Thanks for watching and until next time, Stay Gold! [beep] pllelelelelelel

100 comments on “COLOR ENHANCING Tips for Fish!

  1. Whenever I watch you I put my hand over first your dark hair then your light hair I think you look really really good with lighter hair. So dye it all light. Good fish knowledge too. Thanks.

  2. I just moved my betta, Lux, into a 10 gallon tank with natural rocks, river rocks, and shells. Nice and clean and new. Usually he looks dark blue with a red tint in spots, but he colourng is so much brighter just changing him to a new tank. I can see his colours so much clearer, He looks amazing. I can't wait to add stuff to his home in the future. It also may be because I have a light on the new tank.

  3. great video Jennie! Im working on the diet of the repashy gel food and saki-hikari products for not just my goldfish but all my other fish as well with growth and color enhancing. Do you think I should switch the brand and give NLS products a try? I'm starting a breeding trio of ryukins and am in the works of my guppy tank being colonized with 3 different strains hopefully create some pretty colorful dumbo ear cobra guppies. Also I clearly noticed you are missing a few discus. did you lose some along with your other goldfish? You should totally do an update on them and how your doing. my partner has them and we are growing them out to get breeding pairs. any tips or questions appreciated 🙂

  4. Great Video! I loved that it was so informative while at the same time being sponsored. Well Done. Is there any news on a go fund me project for you fish House?

  5. hi can you give me some websites that I could bye fish from plz as I can't seen to find any good ones with a variety of fish thanks

  6. i see you stepped up your editing! great job! love the content! love the quality you bring in your videos jenny!

  7. Hi Jenny! I have recently moved my one really big fancy goldfish, Gimp, into a 45 gallon tank. Im redoing the decor, substrate, and upgrading equipment. What is the black substrate you use at 3:10 ? Thanks so much for all the advice! I love your videos

  8. I just realized that I am wearing the 100k shirt while I'm watching this! I love the shirt and if you make more in the future I will certainly buy one! I love how It immortalizes clyde and I am so sorry for all of your recent losses.

  9. I like those goldfish they look like real gold what are they called I have been looking everywhere for them I saw them once in a Fish store

  10. i was a beta fish breeder and my favorite fish fred was my spotlight fish a very bright red and he was my go to fish and then i was young and forgot what the disease name is his scales where upright he died 2 days after i noticed it i had given up and moved to reptiles i love them more than fish and I just dont have luck on my side well if the ***** people tell me the right thing to do I would be seen as emo to other people😤

  11. is everything okay with your fish right now i know that you lost Glyde and it was very sad for you and all of your fans

  12. I used New Life Spectrum food for years and Hikari. They are my two top brands. Recently, I mixed the New life Spectrum AlgaeMax and the Saki-Hikari Extreme Color Enhancing (the red bag) as staple diet and the result is just…wow! Even the white part looks like the color of an Oster's pearl. That not just brightly shine, that have this special effect.

  13. Very helpful! Hoping to set up my tank after I move. Still not sure what type of fish to get but watching these videos really helps to get a better understanding on what I should get based on my environment and really taking the fish into account the best environment for them as well. Thank you!

  14. Well that's some interesting stuff!

    I'm a new sub and I rly enjoy your videos 😀
    Good luck retstarting the fish room and sry for ur losses, all the best!

  15. Hi Jenny! I'm curious to know if you've ever had problems with any of your goldfish being aggressive… one of my fish seems to have food-related aggression 😞

  16. Just a question is better to keep one or two goldfish at a time? (I have a 20 gallon tank) just getting started with fish help would be much appreciated!

  17. Hi Jennie, I was just wondering what chemicals do you use to sterilise your equipment eg – fish nets & stuff. Love & support all the way from Australia.

    Emily 🙂

  18. I really LOVE the rock cave you have in your betta tank! If you see this, would you mind saying where it's from?

  19. my boesemani rainbows are now showing satisfactory colour. i have 2 pairs of m&f. background is black and soil substrate is light brown. advise.

  20. Wait so if you have black sand does it lower the colors of a goldfish? Or does white sad lower it? Like which one enhances a goldfish color? Black or white?

  21. I love NLS as well, though my fiancee made a frozen blend that my goldies adore as well, and it appears to be making them brighter. I mix it up between the two. Let me know if you'd like me to ask her about the exact recipe. 🙂

  22. animal responses to stress is a fight or flight reaction; when a fish is scared its blood is diverted from the skin to the muscles to supply them with as much oxygen and glucose and possible for it to escape. That's why they go white in bags on their way from the store to your tank

  23. Can you please answer a question for me? My husband and I want to get a 10 gallon aquarium and put my betta fish in with 3 gold fish. Will the betta get along with the goldfish? You seem to know a lot about goldfish and a fair bit about bettas so I would really like your opinion. Thanks so much.

  24. I'm just back from my hols, and I couldn't get over how my neon tetras pretty much lost the blue on there spines and had just a tiny bit of the orange on the tail.yet in ten mins their colour was back.

  25. I never had a fish but I'm thinking about buying some for the kids. I want the water to be blue and I was wondering if it was okay to put some blue food colouring in the water.

  26. Hey, I hope this finds you well! I found your channel through The King of DIY's channel and I was considering a small (55 long) freshwater tank for discus, peacock, a blue ram or basically some other type of freshwater cichlids that usually give you great color that are a joy to own and aren't quite as grumpy as an oscar lol. If you have a suggestion I'm all ears. I must say, I was absolutely caught off guard and a bit intrigued that there were so many things going on with goldfish and such a variety! I'm not sure how long you've been at it, but you're a wealth of knowledge and clearly have a passion for what you do! Keep the amazing videos coming and thank you for bringing some spunk and personality to this hobby…I love when people are pumped (pun intended :-D) about aquatics…all the best!

  27. I feed all my fish omega one color enhancing food. I know omega one is typically a good staple diet for goldfish. They also receive brine shrimp once a week. Is there any else I should feed them weekly to give them the best diet I can? I was thinking like cucumber or spinach once a week also. Would that help their diet even more or will it not affect it? I just want to make sure my goldfish are getting the best possible diet. I also feed all my other fish the same thing.

  28. what is the best background color and subtrate color for gold fish? actually I can't understand your fast English. I hope you help me..

  29. Really helpful video Jennie! Also that necklace looks awesome, looks like a little capsule made of marble. Got a steam punk look to it haha. I may try to incorporate marble into my aquarium.

  30. Help my goldfish Ian legit losing his color like not in a good way he was gold and now is like a cream orange I just cleaned his tank and I just started

  31. Hi jenny In one of your videos your in front of a mirror, what is that thing you have holding your phone. I would like to get one.

  32. I use to think that northfin was the best but after better research and looking at the ingredients i truly do believe that new life spectrum is the best fish food you can buy. I use them both but i run out of northfin i will only use new life spectrum.Plus nls seem to be a softer food which is great!You just can't beat the ingredients!

  33. Great video! when we enhance the color of the fish by using appropriate background colors, does the enhanced color stay forever or if we move it to another tank the colors will fade? do fry fish get better colors as they grow up or it is just how the fish look in a tank and if we move it the coloration changes?

  34. Hello I'm Riley, I am 11 years old and I was wondering if u have any tips on taking care of salt water tanks. I have 3 salt water fish, a yellow range, a butterfly fish, and a shepard's angel. Hope u reply to this 🙂 ty for taking ur time to read this. love ur vids

  35. I saw huge difference with my betta when I got him for the store he was just plain white color but after about a month of being in a 5 gallon tank hes a white with a dark blue and black he stunning now

  36. I'm dying to know what's the name of discus is in the video!!
    I bought 2 from a lady (one a dark angel) and one EXACTLY like the yellow one with lines but struggling to figure out the true type!

  37. So would you recommend a lighter substrate for Betta fish like you have? I'm doing a Betta community tank in a 15 gallon, but plan on planting it some.

  38. Hey I have five goldfish and I live in the PHILIPINES can you please tell me where to buy new life spectrum???

  39. I've had one of my goldfish, Vanilla for over seven years now and she hasn't changed much, despite the fact that she grew (well duh) and she used to be plain white with a bright orange spot on her head but lately some the scales on her underside are changing to a light orange/yellow color. I've had her in a 45 gallon tank with another goldfish that is around the same that's pure orange. They lived in the same aquarium for several years now and I haven't really been doing anything different (the lighting, background and everything is the same) Does anybody know what's going on?

  40. I bought a bag that had a chilly pepper on it was for red parrots, Chinese fish store said to give to my fish for color enhancing. All my fancy goldfish fish turn ORANGE!!! … I’m so mad for false information… Question? What kind of fancy goldfish can i buy that the color is not going to change??

  41. Thanks for sharing the tips. I think that my water is on t so well for the fishes thats why fishies fading their colour

  42. All you need is SPIRULINA. Give it to your fish. Give it to your dog. Give it to your cat. But most importantly… GIVE IT TO YOURSELF. Most nutritious superfood on the planet.

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