Do fish that grow up in planted tanks develop more color?
I was just wondering,
Every fish that I've seen that was in a planted tank always seemed to develop more color. I have never taken a fish away from a planted tank and see how it looked in a regular bare glass tank but it seems as though the fish that grow up in these planted tanks seem to look more vividly colorful.
For example the roseline sharks tend to develop green on top of their heads and their bodies have a green/silver sheen to it and the roseline stripe is more deep red and striking.
is this because of the lighting effect or the light of the plants and the darkness of the gravel that brings out the colors in the fish?
I really don't know why it seems like these fish are more colorful than their non-planted counterparts.
I think that fish kept in a planted aquarium are normally those that are suitable for those water params and being in familiar params is what gives them the great coloration, that and the lower amounts of bad minerals and nutrients that are absorbed by the plants.
I'm no guru but I would say that it's a combination of a quality environment combined with quality care and appropriate lighting that lend to the full color in fish. Like anything else that is provided optimum conditions, fish will also look great and more colorful.
Specific to the two photos used....I would bet dollars to donuts that the first capture was likely done with a high quality and fast lens and carefully planned lighting and just overall good planning of the composition of that shot. Lighting and white balance settings on the camera used can greatly affect the the color temperature, hues and contrast of the resulting picture. That capture was then probably also followed up with some photo enhancing.
The second capture doesn't really look like a whole lot of thought went into composing that particular photo. The flash is direct which causes that bright contrast "wash out" look versus the first photo which appears to have relied on a bounced or diffused flash.
I agree that the two photos used probably don't accurately represent what a person standing in front the two aquariums set up side by side would actually observe.
I find it hard to believe the healthier environment tidbit
if you maintain excellent water quality a fish shouldn't look better in a planted aquarium just because it's planted, yet they almost always do
take discus for example. daily water changes and poop vac and up to 5x feedings per day on a barebottom undecorated tank. Yet I find it hard to believe a discus can be fed as well with water changes and gravel vacs 1x per week and less feedings to prevent fouling of water for plants
First photo was taken with a decent camera with lighting from above, either super bright aquarium lights or a camera strobe. Plus, that photo could have been edited in post editing to increase contrast and vibrancy.
Second photo is likely taken with a point and shoot camera with the onboard flash.
For starters, the difference in quality of pictures is huge. I have had beautifully colored fish in non planted tanks.... and I've had hideous fish in planted tanks.... I think good, clean water with appropriate conditions is the key.