Shes changing into a boy!

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  1. Helga

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    Its been 7 months since the male Anthias has died, and finally she's changing into a male. Shes a big girl.... between 8 - 10cm. I noticed the dark spots on her fins a week ago. Its happening very quick. The first pic was taken 4 days ago and the second tonight! :thumbup:

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    Tonight (12/06/2012). See how the spots on her fins has darkened.
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    1 of the smaller females
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    Thats amazing helga, ive always loved the transformation these fish undergo when there isnt a male present.
    How old is your aquarium now?
     
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    The tank will be 1 year old the end of July 2012.
     
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    That's awesome Helga well done:thumbup:. Julian Sprung spoke about this in his talk at the expo very interesting.
     
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    Very cool, fantastic to see the pics. Has he changed much more?
     
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    You should see him today!!!! The change is amazing!!! Will post pics taken today. And because "Its an It" at the moment, "It" is like a bull in a china shop at the moment. I think the identity crisis is working on his own nerves.... You know... like a boy during puberty.... :eek:
     
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    hehehe i remeber the feeling oh to well:lol: great to see that she is taking over the shoal, how many others do you have?
     
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    Great stuff, and cool pics!
     
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    I started with 7 females and 1 Male....
    But the poor guy was doomed from word go. 2 of the bigger Females immediately gave him hell. As within these shoals, the male was so busy keeping the females in tact that he never ate and just withered away and died. They did the same with the 2 small females in the shoal. Just chased them relentlessly and prevented them from eating until they also died. After the male died, it took about 6 months for the 2 big females to sort out which one would become male.... Its nerve recking to see... they fight like hell :eek:
    Now theres 4 strong females and this "it".

    Hope there will be peace for a few years, because the next in line is also a very strong female
     
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    Photos taken today. (20/06/2012).... 8 days since the last photo's, Apologies... not the best of photo's, his not crazy about the camera:blush:

    His body is way darker. The spots and edges on his fins that were black are now turning into a fluerescent purple...

    What I am eager to see is whether these "spots" and "edging" will stay purple as my previous male had bright pink spots and edging ???? Wonder if this is normal to have different colouring in the males.


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    @Helga how and what are you feeding the Anthias?
     
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    The normal feeds morning and noon = mysis, brine, krill + flakes and pellets. And 14h00 a block (about 15mm square) of fish roe. I believe the fish roe is keeping the fish fat and healthy :thumbup:
     
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    Any form of plankton other than that in the pellets?
     
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    Yes, I feed Brightwells Microvore twice a week.
     
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    Halga, Anthias are primary plankton feeders and the lack of could be the cause of fish loss. Try and feed the Anthias plankton foods at least twice a day. You will have have a greater success with the fish.
     
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    Thanks for the advice!
     
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    Just what I feared!!!!

    The second biggest female is also changing into a male :eek:. Saw her hiding in the green Monti the whole day.... and the new male hovering above. When I coaxed her to come out I realized shes changing. Her fins are darkening. Yesterday she was still a very bright orange. Its unbelievable how fast they change when they start.
    The new male is not tolerating this at all. And unfortunately theres just 1 outcome to this if I leave her in the tank. I'm going to try and catch her tonight when the tank is dark.

    Its such a pity... I'm so dissapointed. She was such a beautiful female. About 70mm in length and beautiful colour...
     
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    Wow 2 shemales, going to be a barny alright. Hope you catch the other shemale, goodluck
     
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