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Featured Difference between Male and Female Peacock Wrasse

Discussion in 'Help and Advice' started by frosty1980, Jul 12, 2013.

  1. liam0

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    I think romantic poems are best.
     

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    I'm seeing a whole new romantic side to you now
     
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    I'm sweet as well as salty.
     
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    This The Leopards of the Reef by Henry C. Schultz III - Reefkeeping.com is the best info I have found on these.
    I'm assuming the peacock wrasse is Macropharyngodon bipartitus.
    Just got a pair of juveniles myself, both look the same, one slightly larger than the other, one slightly bolder than the other.
    I'm interested to see if one of them turns terminal male eventually.
     
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    Thaaaaaaaank you! at last, a proper answer! and by the markings it seems I have a............female:(
     
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    Well they're all female to start with, dunno what causes them to go male, don't think anyone does really but that link seems to have the most useful info.
    Might be a bit like Clowns where the dominant one decides it's time to wear the trousers, my LFS has had a pair for the last few months, they're also intriuged as to what/when any change happens.
     
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    This is my second try with these fish, had a terminal male I got from a tank breakdown, unfortunately he was just that - terminal :( lost him after 6 weeks buried in the sand, just wouldn't eat.
    Up to press I'm feeling a bit luckier with these new ones, already seen 'em take mysis and they seem to be rooting about in the rocks ok.
     
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    They look just as stunning once through the change, by the look of the picture. I have a female in my tank and have been thinking about getting another one or two.
     
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