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I HAD a pair of percs....now i don`t.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Waverz, Jan 8, 2008.

  1. Waverz

    Waverz Expert Reefkeeper

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    Came home today to find the small male clownfish dead.  From the looks of it the female decided she didn't love him anymore, or maybe she decided to love him to much.  Anyway, now i'm down to one.
    Silly clownfish.
     
  2. slovan

    slovan Experienced Reefkeeper

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    Sorry to hear, it's never fun to lose any livestock. How can you tell between a male and female perc? I have two true percs but don't know what they are.
     
  3. Nykademus

    Nykademus Inactive User

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    My understanding is that you cannot tell which is which, but if they are placed into a tank together before one or both "decide" on which sex to be the dominant one will be the female. They will switch genders depending on what the environment calls for.

    I have not done much research on it so I am sure there is more information about it.
    Sorry to hear Wavers /site/DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/_default/emoticons/sad.gif
     
  4. Guest

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    They will not switch from female back to male. Clown gobies and a few other fish can do that, but not clowns as I understand it. Basically if you have a group of clowns, they're neutral until they mature, the dominant becomes female and the rest remain male. If the dominant female leaves/kicks the bucket, the dominant male switches sexes and a different male becomes the new dominant.
     
  5. slovan

    slovan Experienced Reefkeeper

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    So the way I'm understanding this is that it's more of a personality attribute that separates the males and females? How about physically? Any way of knowing? Sorry, I'm pretty clueless about clowns. /site/DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/_default/emoticons/smile.gif
     
  6. IowaDiver Well-Known ReefKeeper

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    Doesn't the female become larger than the male or is that in only certain species, like the maroon clown.
     
  7. Philby

    Philby Inactive User

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    Typically the female is larger than the male, but both percs and occs stay pretty small, so they're not necessarily that easy to tell. Although the onyx percs that rachel (diabolijatora or whatever her SN is) has, the female is a little larger than my two occs and the male is about the size of mine, and the rest, which are still sexless, have stayed much smaller.

    I don't know how long it takes them to change, but the female is also pretty aggressive towards the male once they turn (thus the untimely demise of the OP's male)
     
  8. Waverz

    Waverz Expert Reefkeeper

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    Well i have noticed that they have been doing some "spawning like activities" over the last week or so. There was an obvious size difference between the 2 thats why i figured one was male and one was female, usually the females become larger than the males from what i understand.
     
  9. FishNewb1

    FishNewb1 Inactive User

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    I've had 2 occs for 2 years now and one of them is bigger than the other and then the other smaller one does a little dance thing where it goes on its side and tries to get closer to the bigger one. is that the male?
     
  10. Guest

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    the smaller one is the male, sir.
     
  11. AMcDowell

    AMcDowell Inactive User

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    The same thing just happened yesterday to my tomato clowns. First the larger "female" bit off the males tail then she killed him. I found his skeleton today. :[​IMG] Although, she is my favorite fish, she is very evil!!!!!
    Sorry to hear about your loss.
     
  12. Lee

    Lee Experienced Reefkeeper

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    bummer! I wonder if it got blended?
     
  13. Travis

    Travis Well-Known ReefKeeper

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    Most clown species show an obvious size difference between male and female. The exception being Clarkii family clowns, allardi, clarks, anything that looks like a clark... /site/DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/_default/emoticons/tongue.gif

    It unfortunatly can be common for a female to kill her first male. I have not found a link to it, but it may be that she never got full dominance over him. Anyway, I have repaired the female with an unsexed juvenile (all clowns are unsexed until the fill a male or female role) with great success and eventual spawnings.
     
  14. matt the fiddler

    matt the fiddler Inactive User

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    if both were left alone for a while, and both turned female. IT coudl have been the result of the rule of 2 women in a room errr a tank (seriously) they can kill males as has been said.
     

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