Thank you ViktorBreathtaking beauties indeed, Jib! Such vivid colors and demeanor. Eye candy.
What have they been eating for you throughout the years with you? I tried my hand at a dozen of these, perhaps 5-6 times and always failed, mostly due to finicky feeding habits but the last time or two it appeared like some disease they contracted. Only the tire tracks and black spots have survived fine for me but they are of a very dark color, especially the tire tracks don't show their usual attractive pattern. My bottom is bare. I wonder if this is because of that. ... Let me rephrase it... The tank's bottom is bare...
Saw that thread, you're a brave man, keeping a tig in a tank with so many rocks.Seeing yours makes me try again, perhaps starting with a dozen... With the last few I had success with frozen bloodworms - they took to it after a week or so with me, then started taking fish pieces in a few months on their own. I was so glad. At about a foot+, they developed some kind of disease, spinning out of control or not being able to swim, only float due to an air pocket inside or some such. It sucked.
The ones I tried before just wouldn't feed, no matter what I offered, and eventually starved to death. It's horrible to watch.
Have you noted any effect of the bottom on coloration? And also lighting? I keep mine pretty dim all the time and wonder if this is also why they are so dark and the pattern is unresolved. Here they are: