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*** done a search and have read for awhile now, cant seem to find it.....

At what length does it start showing color? I believe i read that the blaze starts first? I have a group of five in a 55gal that are just under 3".

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It's more of significance of the maturity rather than size.

I'll let those that have kept these chime in with the rest of the information.
 

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Im still waiting on mine to fully color as well.. i have a group of 9 in a 90gallon around 3".. you can sex them but no color yet.. the male i have in a all male tank has lots of blue just no blaze. So i believe the blaze comes last not first.. Of course a few things will factor into what size they will color at. Tank mates, Tank size, water conditions, Diet, Lighting, genes, and overall health.
 

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IME, the first males will start coloring at 2" or so. This is also a hap where the male is rarely in full breeding dress (solid blue body and spots aren't visible). The blue typically starts first in the head and fins and works towards the body.

The blaze also starts at the nose/snout and tail about the same time the color change happens. However, the blaze really isn't into full glory until a year or two in.

Also, the more fry/juvies, the more quickly a male will start into the change.
 

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IME, the first males will start coloring at 2" or so. This is also a hap where the male is rarely in full breeding dress (solid blue body and spots aren't visible). The blue typically starts first in the head and fins and works towards the body.

The blaze also starts at the nose/snout and tail about the same time the color change happens. However, the blaze really isn't into full glory until a year or two in.

Also, the more fry/juvies, the more quickly a male will start into the change.
 

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My lithobates is more than 3" and has a perfect yellow blaze but only light blue shading on the body. I'm eager for him to fully color up, but it's been a slow process . . . He's grown quite a bit since I got him a few months ago, but the color isn't significantly changing.
 
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