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will my lithobates get color if there are no females around? Its already about 3 inches, and only blue on the lips.
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Depends on what other males are in the tank. With an all-male tank you can never tell in advance, you just have to try it.

If you want to see if he is mature enough, try him in a quarantine tank for a month and see if he colors up.
 

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I have one in my all male tank, and he has colored up real nice. As DJ said, it is really a dynamic of each individual tank and it's inhabitants. I'd say give it a shot and just be prepared to re-home him if necessary.
 

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i have one that when i got him from the store he was shiny blue like an electric ahli. now he's almost all black save for the orange top. he's in an all male peacock/hap tank.
 

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IME males don't color up as nicely in all male tanks. That's not to say they can't, but I usually get the best results when I purchase fish with good color already.
 

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DJRansome said:
Depends on what other males are in the tank. With an all-male tank you can never tell in advance, you just have to try it.

If you want to see if he is mature enough, try him in a quarantine tank for a month and see if he colors up.
Will a fish color up if he's alone in a tank? I didn't know that.
 

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Mine do. Well it depends on the fish. Victorians, certain ones, are not supposed to color up at all unless females are present.

But if I have a male that is bland with certain tankmates and I put him in quarantine, if mature enough, he will color up.
 
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