fighting clowns

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  1. VicZA

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    I had two tank-bread True Percula clowns that I bought from a LFS. These two were similar size (about 1" at time of purchase) and got along just fine. Two weeks ago the one died and I bought another True Percula from a different LFS but it was also captive bred. The "new" one is slightly bigger and his coloration is darker but it does seem like its the same species. However, these two guys (or gals) just can't stop fighting and are starting to nip each other's fins. I have had them together now for just over a week.

    - is this normal ? (no concern)
    - is this a "sexing" thing ? (no concern)
    - are these different species ?
    - could there be something else wrong ?

    Here is a pic of each of them ... the "old" one that I have had since December is first pic.

    Clown (old).jpg

    Clown (new).jpg
     
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    Hopefully they just deciding who's going to be the female. Keep an eye on it for a while and see if the fighting settles at all
     
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    im having the same issue with mine. I have had to remove the 1 as it was taking a real beating.

    I guess everything in life always comes down to female dominating the male :(
     
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    @VicZA

    Do you know for how long the two fish were a pair before the one died?
    Could you familiarize yourself with one fish being larger than the other (and which one died)?
     
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    How long have they been a pair?
    I am assuming the two fish are similar size?
    Are they big or small?
     
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    I bought them together. They were the same size when I got them. 1 grew and the other hasn't much.
     
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    Small or big?
     
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    Small... @VicZA sorry for jacking your thread bud
     
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    They will hopefully settle.
     
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    @Immo no worries with jacking thread

    as i said in the start of the thread, mine were both about 1 inch. the one that survived was marginally (hardly visible until you look closely) bigger than the one that died.
     
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    Worse case scenario would be that both fish are females and fight till death. Only time will tell.
     
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    I would swap the new one for another, that is definitely smaller than the survivor.
    Can be that the survivor already changed to female, and the new one you added, being bigger, are also a female. Getting a smaller one will increase your chances of introducing a female
     
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    if there are 2 females ... will one not revert back to male ?
     
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    Yes one will
     
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    Once a clownfish becomes a female, she is permanently a female and can never again function as a male. Therefore the answer is no.
     
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    we have a tie !! anyone willing to break the YES/NO tie on this one ?
     
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    All born male, dominant turns female. Cannot become male once changed
     
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    What's with the little jerky dance that goes on? Is that intimidation ?
     
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    one way... Male to female.
    Most fish that changes sex are like that. Either female to male like Anthias and Angels or male to female like clownfish. There are a few isolated cases of reverting back recorded. But generally, nope, once turned, they do not turn back.
     
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