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Old 12-29-2012, 01:33 PM   #31 
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I took her out yesterday night, her third day. She has a pretty gnarly beard and when her cup is put by my males tank they flare non stop. So she's kind of isolated right now. Poor thing. But I don't know what else to do
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Old 12-29-2012, 01:48 PM   #32 
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Unfortunately, that can sometimes be the case with sororities. If you do think at a later date she is a female you can always try leaving her in the sorority in something like a breeders' net. I used to do that with highly aggressive females as after about a week of visual but not physical contact with the other females they tend not to react so violently.

However, it doesn't work with some females. I had a couple who had to live by themselves permanently.

Here was what a 'female' from my first sorority looked like when I got her. Even then I had my suspicions.


This was him a few months later



I've found the angle and size of the anal fin can be a good indicator as to whether the fish is male or female. Males seem to have a bigger and more angulated anal fin than females.

Also if your female is light coloured you should be able to see the ovaries.
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Old 12-29-2012, 01:51 PM   #33 
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Wow what a beatiful male.
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Old 12-29-2012, 01:52 PM   #34 
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LBF, is he still in the sorority tank to this day? He's quite a looker, I like his color and his dorsal. :)
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I wonder if being raised with the girls lowered his aggression?
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Old 12-29-2012, 01:58 PM   #36 
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He was really young when I got him. I had the five of them in a 7 gallon heavily planted tank and they all lived peacefully.



That is him at the bottom. He just didn't like blue females. Anyone else was fine. Only made one pitiful attempt at a bubblenest.

He lived with a varying group of females for I think over a year. Until one day I came down to find him floating at the surface with all his fins torn off. He survived and he started to come around only to die a week or so later.

This is why I tell people I will never keep a male and female in the same tank. I lost a beautiful male because I underestimated the unpredictability and sheer violence of these fish.
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Old 12-29-2012, 02:06 PM   #37 
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He was beautiful, I'm sorry for your loss. Tikibirds has a male in her sorority, same problem on how young males look like females. He changed so much from blue marble to a sheer blue.
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It was a while back. But it taught me a darn valuable lesson on never thinking you can predict anything that these fish might do.

Everything might seem like it is going along well but it doesn't take long for it all to go pear-shaped. It's why I warned the OP about the risks of mixing males and females together. It's just too hard to guess how it is going to turn out.
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:36 AM   #39 
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Yep... It was a boy. Put him in a breeders net for now. He seems fine but time will tell for sure
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