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Old 03-01-2007, 11:34 PM   #1
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Determine Clownfish gender?


Hello I am looking to getting a pair of clownfish, and I wanted to know if there was a way to determine their gender? Also if you do find a boy and a girl, will they pair eventually? Thanks!!
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Old 03-01-2007, 11:39 PM   #2
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all clownfish are born as a male. if the clownfish are kept in a group, one will grow large and become the dominant one and turn to a female. the small ones stay males.

The this goes right down the line, if the female should die. Then 1 clown will become dominant and grow into a female.

My suggestion would be, buy 2 clowns of the same size, im not talking to big ones, just 2 small clowns, and they will squabble and eventually one will become dominant, chase the other clown, and this one will grow into the large dominant female.
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That is what I did with my black ones, and in a few weeks, I can already see which one is the female.
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That is what I did with my black ones, and in a few weeks, I can already see which one is the female.
awesome... you will also notice the male will do a little twitch dance.
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Thanks Devilboy. Its freakin amazing what fish can do.
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Oops, too slow.
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Old 03-01-2007, 11:43 PM   #7
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awesome... you will also notice the male will do a little twitch dance.
yep he does, usually right after the femail rubs or charges him
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So once that changes occurs, does spawning usually happen after that?
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Oh! I was always wondering why one did that twitching. I didn't know how long it took them to decide what sex they'd be but I know for sure now. Now I can name them!
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So once that changes occurs, does spawning usually happen after that?
it may take awhile. Just because the clowns become a male and female does not mean they will turn into a mated pair.
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Old 03-01-2007, 11:56 PM   #11
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Hmm....after the clowns "change", do they become agressive towards other fish or inhabitants in the tank?
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What kind of clownfish?
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Hmm....after the clowns "change", do they become agressive towards other fish or inhabitants in the tank?
Thats a tuff one to answer. Have you decided what type of clown you want? Some clowns are more aggressive then others
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Old 03-02-2007, 12:07 AM   #14
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Well I found one that I really wanted, but can't find any information on it. Its the naked or no striped clown. Have you heard of them? They are really cool looking fish that I seen at the lfs.
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Well I found one that I really wanted, but can't find any information on it. Its the naked or no striped clown. Have you heard of them? They are really cool looking fish that I seen at the lfs.
Yes i have heard of them. The ones that are the most aggressive are the Maroons, Tomatoes, and Fire clowns. the rest are pretty docile. The most docile would be your True Percs (nemo) or the Ocellaris.
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