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Old 09/14/2019, 07:13 AM   #1
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Angelfish question

Iíve had a female Spotbreast Angel (Genicanthus melanospilos) in my 115 gal mixed reef for almost 2 years. Great fish, well behaved, doesnít bother any corals at all. I see the male for sale at LA. Could I add him without problem? Iím going to be re-aquascaoing soon with some things I bought at Macna. I thought that might be a good time to do it.


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Old 09/14/2019, 07:54 AM   #2
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That's gonna be a little tricky because the female is already well established. She might let him enter her kingdom, she might not. I would definitely use an acclimation box to see how they interact before releasing him.


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Old 09/14/2019, 08:27 AM   #3
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I was thinking that changing the rock scape would with territory issues, but is it enough? I guess I wonít know until I try, but the male is WAY more expensive than she was, so Iím hesitant.


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Old 09/14/2019, 12:06 PM   #4
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I was thinking that changing the rock scape would with territory issues, but is it enough? I guess I wonít know until I try, but the male is WAY more expensive than she was, so Iím hesitant.
Why not just get another female so that your current female turns into a male? It's definitely cheaper and chances for success are higher.

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Old 09/14/2019, 12:34 PM   #5
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They do that? Itís happening with my Anthias now, but I wasnít aware this fish would change. If so, I think itís definitely better.


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Old 09/14/2019, 01:38 PM   #6
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All Dwarf Angelfish can change sex from female to male. And Genicanthus are quite known to do so.

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Old 09/14/2019, 01:55 PM   #7
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Good to know, thank you! Getting another female will be cheaper and more fun then. Watching my Anthias change has been very entertaining.


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Old 09/15/2019, 07:26 AM   #8
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Anthias change quickly in days. These angles take months to year to change so don’t think you see them change in a few weeks.


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Anthias change quickly in days. These angles take months to year to change so donít think you see them change in a few weeks.
The morphological an color changes may take a bit longer but I don't think it should take that long for the dominant female to change into a functional male.

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Old 09/16/2019, 03:06 AM   #10
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From a color/pattern perspective----------

My female bellus took months to change to a male as Orion stated. It was so slow I didn't notice it for quite some time.

I've had lyretail anthias start to show changes to a male in a few days.


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Old 09/16/2019, 01:10 PM   #11
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My two female Watanabei took many months for one to start to change and takes months to finish. When during this time he become functionally male I don't know. I think they can revert from male to female also.


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