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I had bought a few auratus juveniles in the beginning of January. They were somewhere between 1/2 to 1 inch in size at that time.

Within these 2 months or so they've grown to between 11/2 to 2 inch size. One of them has changed to male color recently. The others have retained their original coloring. Does this mean he is the only male in the lot?
 

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could be, but i would wait it out and see. i have a few in my tank that i have had for close to a year, thought that they were all females and out of the blue one changed to the male coloring. so i guess im saying you never know at that size. they may surprise you!
 

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monisaab said:
I had bought a few auratus juveniles in the beginning of January. They were somewhere between 1/2 to 1 inch in size at that time.

Within these 2 months or so they've grown to between 11/2 to 2 inch size. One of them has changed to male color recently. The others have retained their original coloring. Does this mean he is the only male in the lot?
Not at all. Subdominant males often retain female coloration.
 

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Thanks everyone for the inputs.

Will keep an eye on them but will hope no one else turns out to be a male...
 

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Can I move my colored-up male to my turtle tank for a few days & see if any of the other juveniles colors up???

Will the Turtle and Auratus bear with each other for a few days or will I be left with just 1 of the two???
 

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Ok so i have noticed another one of them to have started looking a bit dirty...
 

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Ok so i have noticed another one of them to have started looking a bit dirty...
So you're not entertaining the turtle tank idea anymore?

Probably a good thing if you are.
 

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LoL. No I am not. Just using the mirror experiment...
 

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How are the mirrors working out?
 

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so far so good Nina_b and its a mirror not mirrors...

BTW talking about color change etc one of my Kenyis has kind of lost it dark barring. Its still blue not yellow but the bars have dimmed a lot. Does this mean it is a sub-dominant male?
 

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the other male auratus has started showing a little more color now... both of them keep to their own caves though ignoring each other...
 

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can anyone tell me how long after getting the male coloration do the auratus males mature??? just wanted to know when to expect them to spawn???
 

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That's probably a question as popular as "what sex is my fish". They can spawn from 1 1/2 inch, people say. If they have a whole harem of females that may be sooner, may be later. Spawning is not guaranteed either way.
As to when auratus males mature, well, that's another debate. Are they all females that then switch to males? Are they able to breed even in female colouration? Who knows?
In general, I'd say from 1 1/2 inches. Does that mean they're mature? Nope.

Let us know how the agression pans out. The recieved wisdom will have us believe mass death will ensue in your tank shortly.
 

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aawww so thats why nobody bothered to reply to my question... I was wondering may be my question was kind of invisible or something...

as for aggression, so far so good Nina_b... Not much... just an odd chase or two.

Will keep you posted...
 

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Let us know how the agression pans out. The recieved wisdom will have us believe mass death will ensue in your tank shortly.
No aggression so far Nina_b...

I noticed that my male auratus which previously had only a single egg-spot now has two of them... Do the egg-spots increase as they mature???
 

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I noticed that my male auratus which previously had only a single egg-spot now has two of them... Do the egg-spots increase as they mature???
Typically yes. I think it has more to do with dominance. As your male auratus matures, he will probably become more dominant. Thus, more egg spots.[/code]
 

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he was the tank boss initially when I got all my Mbuna as juveniles but my lombardoi is now the Boss and he has only 1 large egg-spot...
 

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I saved little Stumpy from an aquaintance who insisted he could keep them in pairs. It turned out one was a male. Eventually, she had no tailfin, so he tried to spread the agression by adding two juveniles. One was dead within a few minutes. This lead to a tank rampage, he lost an angelfish and a pleco soon after. The other little stripey he added he hasn't seen since, no idea where that one is hiding in his tank. I took her in, she healed up in the hospital tank (that she shared for a time with a beaten up yellow lab). That's her below, now in the main tank with my labs and cobalt blues.



I'm glad my original two went back to the LFS. I'm also very, very glad that you're not having agression troubles. They're such beautiful fishies, I'm hoping to keep Stumpy as a single in there with my others. If not, at least she'll go back to the LFS healthy.
You still haven't posted any tank pics :p
 
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