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When i order all my fish and wait for them to pair out, will they be obvious pairs? How long does it usually take for them to find pairs?
 

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Right. First they grow to sexual maturity, and then they pair up. One mod said they are not a "pair" until they have produced fry.

For example, I bought six juvenile calvus and was told it would be about a year before they pair up and I have to remove some. Calvus are very slow growers.
 

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both julies and gobies pair up fairly easily.. it's very easy to notice pairs once they do pair up because they will guarding a desired area and will be chasing away all other fish but themselves.. this is when you can seperate them and they are likely to start breeding.. i just got 3 pairs out of my lamprologus ornatipinnis which was only a group of 6.. first noticed a pair, removed the pair, noticed a second pair, removed the second pair, then the 3rd pair formed as well :p.. had a pair of breeding julies as well, pairing is very easy to notice.. good luck
 
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