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Author Topic: Angelfish sex change  (Read 2879 times)
AK65
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« on: August 04, 2008, 12:49:48 PM »

Hello all! fish16
I am keeping angelfish (Pterophyllum scalare) for couple years. In 30 gallon tank I had one couple and a female separated by glasswall. They hate each other. The male from breeding couple died some time ago. After a 40 days I took glasswall out. Both females were very friendly and recently they give me eggs and fry. I know reef scool fish could change sex back and forward, I also have seen swardtailes could do it, but nothing I could find for Pterophyllum scalare.
PLease if anybody have same expirience just drop me a word!
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« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2008, 12:55:08 PM »

Welcome to Badman's!   Smiley

Angels don't change sex.  Once a boy, always a boy.  It seems you simply had misidentified the sex of your fish, which is easy enough to do.
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« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2008, 01:10:42 PM »

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« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2008, 01:40:39 PM »

Thank you! fish16
I would not belive in it, but I have 6 baby from that old breeding couple. They are the first bay angels in my tanks. And I know exactly who was who... Also I spend much time looking for spawning. My 5 generations of fry gone, because I try all baby food from shops until I make fresh hatched brian shrimps... She was a girl.... And another fish was a girl too, she lied eggs when she was alone.
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« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2008, 04:11:26 PM »

It is not unusual for female cichlids to deposit eggs without the aid of a spawning influence from a male counterpart. Cichlids have a series of developing eggs in various stages of development. Sometimes these stages can get skewered or out of phase when no males are present or have not been present for a long time. I've had several female Neolamprologus tetracanthus  that had to be separated because of them simply being the odd fish out when other paired off. They layed eggs on their own and guarded them ferociously. Of caorse they never hatched because they were not fertilized by a male. I've seen this happen in several other species also. happy

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« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2008, 05:36:55 PM »

happens all the time.  Cichlids do love to spawn.  With or without a male.
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« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2008, 07:44:20 PM »

If the single female layed eggs while alone, and the new pairing has resulted in fry, then that means that it was the female of the former pair that died and the male survived.  I'll say it again......angels don't change sex.  No way.  No how.
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« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2008, 02:07:11 PM »

Agree Angel`s don`t`\ can`t change sex.  happy

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