The Emperors New Clothes

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  1. Broder

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    I can't find the original thread of when my mate Ian and I caught this Emperor angel, but it's now starting to change into its sub-adult colouration. I thought I'd update this thread with changes as they happen. It's quite fascinating to watch really. Does anyone know why they change so dramatically, whereas some fish stay the same throughout their lives?

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    To show sexual maturity.
     
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    not sure, some angels change fairly quickly into their adult colouration. For example Navarchus, from smaller than 10cm. Others change a lot later. But the radical change is still amazing.
     
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    this will be great to follow - awesome pic's
     
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    Very Interesting!
     
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    Coral fish are highly territorial. They display most aggression toward others that look like themselves (similar fish will be competing for similar or the same resources, such as food, mates and territories). Juvenile specimens of many species have a very different color pattern to adults, to discourage the older, more powerful fish, from attacking them.
     
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    That would make sense! :thumbup:
     
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    makes alotta sense
     
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    Broder

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    That's a great sequence of pictures. Would be very nice if you could post them in this thread as well. Then we can compare time span etc.
     
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    awesome photos guys. one of my favourite angels. keep em pics coming.
     
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    Emperor Color change


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    @Mudshark Your Emporer angel is gorgeous, its pattern is amazing! :thumbup:
     
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    Broder

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    The changes are moving along quickly now. The emperor is posturing far more than ever. It's constantly grunting and displaying stress colours whilst racing up and down the length of the tank. It's obviously trying to establish it's territory on the reef.

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    damn its an awesome fish i want one
     
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    Beautiful! I'm green with jealousy right now..... :thumbup:
     
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    Stunning dude
     
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    Yup..... it's an amazing fish. Noisy as hell though.
     
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    Broder, does your grunt when it see's you? Mine used to in the morning when it was hungry and it used to see me, and it would only grunt for me, till it was fed, then it would be quiet after being fed. I think the best fish by far though!!!
     
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    Ja Seun.... I'd also sh!t myself if you were the first thing I saw in the morning. But seriously, it grunts when it sees movement in front of the tank, at feeding time, when other fish are crowding it and at lights-out. So I think it's probably a dominance tool.... Kinda like "grunt, grunt... beat that my scaly friend".
     

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