Sex Change

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  1. mytank

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    One of my Anthias is busy going through a sex change, he is might ugly right now and looks like he has been dragged through some mud. How long do they look like they have mud all over them till they change in to their new clothes?
     
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    I do not believe you.
    Proof it with pictures....;)
     
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    Lights are off :)
     
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    UPDATE WITH PICS: Sex Change

    Here we go some of the pics I got to snap of him / her today and a few odds and ends. Interesting - He looks much more dirty or muddy in real life on the camera it looks pink / red....

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    Looking good buddy
     
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    Yip, they do that.
    Normally one male to 5 females. (Sounds like heaven but I shared a house in London with 6 women. It does have benefits but they go through a roll of toilet paper in a day and sync so they are all in a bad mood at the same time....)
    If the male dies the biggest female changes to a male to take over the role.
     
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    Anthias are born protogynous, in other words all females where the dominant one in a harem of females will become male. Subsequently, if the male is removed or dies the next female in line will change. The next in line is usually identified as the female with a pin like protrusion on the top fin but it is not as pronounced as the males. I have seen this with pseudanthias squammipinnis and I dont know about other species. The change usually takes about 3-4 weeks. The new male will also grown much bigger than the other females. This will be the third time I've had an anthia change sex after previous males have died. You should keep quiet a few of the anthias together but make sure they are the same species. You can add them if there is a male. He will shake and jerk around them and mock charge them but he will accept and leave them alone after a while. I'm sure this is to assert dominance and let any wannabees know he is the boss. Under no circumstances add another male as one will end up dead as there can be one male to hundred of females in nature
     
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    @Tony thank you! I didn't know that and great info, I indeed had a massive male I got from a LFS but just died all of a sudden, I think cyanide. I I noticed a similar size female with the protruded pin fin :) @jacquesdp08 thank you dude and thanks for all the help!

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    @Tony he has prob been like this for six weeks now prob a slow changer ;)

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    Maybe's he's a bit shy:blush:
     
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    Lyritail Anthia sex change

    I am also experiencing this, or so i think. The biggest of the two that i have in my tank for the past 9 months has now started to outgrow the other and has almost doubled up in size. He/she is also starting to look more pink than orange and also have black lines on his top and bottom fin (not an illness) He /she has become quite aggresive towards the other anthias (think its having mixed emotions currently). He has been like this for close to 4 weeks now. Does that mean that she will completely change to a HE and pink in colour?
     
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    No replies ?
     
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    time will tell, but yeah. Eventually will be a male.
     
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