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Old 11-30-2004, 10:13 PM   #1
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I have had a clownfish in my tank for about six months, today I decided to try to add what I thought was a female (I know they are all born males) this one was duller in color but had not yet gotten big enough to distinguish by size..

All this time I had the original clownfish he never would shake... I got up to the LFS and notice one of the fish in the tank shaking this way... they shake kinda stupidly looking and then quit... but just one did this..

I got one that wasn't doing that and who I though was a female.. I acclimated and put it in the tank... I noticed a few minutes after I put it in my fish that had been in there all this time started shaking all silly looking and then quit... He doesn't shake constantly, I maybe noticed him shake two times in several hours..

When I asked the LFS guy about this he said it was their territorial response.. I think that must be correct as my has never done this until I added another clownfish... they are getting along great and nudging one another... can anyone confirm that the shaking is one clown showing the other that this is my area and backoff....
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Old 11-30-2004, 10:27 PM   #2
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... decided to try to add what I thought was a female...
...they are getting along great and nudging one another... can anyone confirm that the shaking is one clown showing the other that this is my area and backoff....
Depending on the type of display and the extent it is undertaken, this may actually be not "back off..." so much as "COME ON!!!"

Depending on conditiions and sex of individuals, this is more likely mating behavior. Territorial display most often involvs fin flaring and angled swiming behavior (if you've seen this, you'll know what I mean). almost immediately followed by head butting and biting.

If you have an anemone, put you hand between the anemone and the clownfish, you'll see a display of territorial defense.
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Old 11-30-2004, 11:11 PM   #3
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Depending on the type of display and the extent it is undertaken, this may actually be not "back off..." so much as "COME ON!!!"

Depending on conditiions and sex of individuals, this is more likely mating behavior. Territorial display most often involvs fin flaring and angled swiming behavior (if you've seen this, you'll know what I mean). almost immediately followed by head butting and biting.

If you have an anemone, put you hand between the anemone and the clownfish, you'll see a display of territorial defense.
Yeah I read that they can draw blood if they bit your finger or whatever if they are guarding their eggs or defending their anemone.. it will be nice to see how this plays out... thanks for the response..
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Old 12-01-2004, 12:49 AM   #4
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Old 12-01-2004, 05:42 AM   #5
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Yep sounds like he's shakin his bon bon for his new honey.
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Old 12-01-2004, 06:22 AM   #6
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which ever one is the bigger of the two is the female.Say if one dies and you get a bigger one that will be the female and the smaller one will be/become the male.They can change sex.
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Old 12-01-2004, 10:46 AM   #7
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The big one in there now has bright coloration/dark fins and all.. I put a smaller one in that had less coloration and thought it might be a female.. so now my male may change into a female..
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Old 12-01-2004, 10:50 AM   #8
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I believe they can change from male to female but not back to male. So, if you initially buy two small fish, the dominant one will turn into a female and grow larger than the male.
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Old 12-01-2004, 02:55 PM   #9
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I believe they can change from male to female but not back to male. So, if you initially buy two small fish, the dominant one will turn into a female and grow larger than the male.
I think that this is true so if you have two females you are in trouble.
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Old 12-01-2004, 03:14 PM   #10
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I think that this is true so if you have two females you are in trouble.
i think the one I have is a male, I have had him for about 8 months and he is really colorful and has defined black stripes which females don't... I think they all stay males anyway unless they have a reason to become a female..
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Old 12-01-2004, 03:29 PM   #11
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perhaps
are they percs?
I wasn't aware they faded when they turned female
but that doesn't mean anything!

Somebody around here will know for sure....
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I got both of my ocies at the same time. After a month or so the bigger one (slightly) started getting darker and displying more aggresive bahavior twoard the smaller on at feeding time. The smaller would turn sideways and shake when chased. They both will do it on ocasion now. But the darker, larger one is definately the boss/female (this in no way is a mirror of my house) ( yeah right!!!!) The chasing can get pretty violent but no one has gotten hurt yet and its mostly just feeding related.

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Old 12-02-2004, 09:38 PM   #13
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I have had freshwater fish that shake during mating displays. Within a school of several fish, two shaking were the ones mating.

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