clown fish question

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  1. macabe

    macabe Purple Spiny Lobster

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    how can u tell the sex of a clown fish like male or female?
     
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  3. suckafish

    suckafish Montipora Capricornis

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    if you have an adult pair the bigger one is usually the female
     
  4. LCP136

    LCP136 Sailfin Tang

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    Yep. Its pretty tough otherwise. I think it might be impossible but not entirely sure.
     
  5. macabe

    macabe Purple Spiny Lobster

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    kk ty i got 1 small one and ne big one
     
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    =Jwin= Tassled File Fish

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    Hmmm...as stated earlier, in a bonded pair the bigger is normally the female. However, in a single fish, I would go out on a limb to say it's a female. The tough thing is, clownfish can change sexes. If two males pair up, one will become the female. I'm not sure if that's true, but it gives you the idea on them changing sexes. I don't really know much about single clownfish bonding social practices :)
     
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    PackLeader Giant Squid

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    As stated, the larger one is usually the female. The female tends to be lighter in color as well.

    If kept singularly, a clownfish will remain without sex. Being, its neither male or female. Only when paired do they change. A clownfish has the ability to go back and forth between male and no sex, but once its female, it stays female for life.
     
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  9. macabe

    macabe Purple Spiny Lobster

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    kk well the bigger ones liter then my lil guy maybie they will hav eggs to feed my mandrin goby and them selves :p
     
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    BorntoReef Fire Worm

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    hahaha, that sounded really funny. FREE FOOD!
     
  11. amcarrig

    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Mandarin fish don't eat clown fish eggs. They only eat copepods and amphipods. Also, I doubt that the clownfish will eat their own offspring.
     
  12. macabe

    macabe Purple Spiny Lobster

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    well clown fish will eact there own offfspring FOR SURE if u dont take them out. i did not now a mandrin woadnt i see him pick at things on my rocks ALL DAY