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7 years 3 months ago #2368 by Jen­nifer Kro­nen­berg
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I think I have selected a male and female. They are in approx­i­mately a 5 gal­lon tank with some float­ing plants and sphag­num to bring ph down. pH is below 6.0, but I’m not sure how far. There is a small piece of pipe in the tank for a hide. The male has claimed the hide and nips at the female when she approaches it.

Unfor­tu­nately I think the male believes he is guard­ing eggs as there are some small air bub­bles at the top of the tube. Of course, it is impos­si­ble that they are really eggs, but he is defend­ing them and stress­ing the other Paro in the tank who is stay­ing in one cor­ner. Should I remove the hide or remove the other Paro or leave them be and let them sort it out? I don’t know for sure I’ve even picked a female, but it has no mark­ings in the tail and fins.

The female isn’t stressed con­stantly, there are times when she turns to a solid color with min­i­mal strip­ing. But, she is often rel­e­gated to a corner.

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7 years 3 months ago 7 years 3 months ago #2369 by helene
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Its always hard to say, — it could of course be another male, which would explain if the male is a bit hos­tile … how­ever, it might also just as well be a female.
In my expe­ri­ence it could be that what you have done is putting together two fish which have been under less good con­di­tions, — travel, shop and all that, — any female would not be ready to spawn yet.
The male how­ever is eager and makes bub­bles right away, and now he thinks the female should just be right on the spot :) … which of course she is not.
She needs maybe a few more days, some more food or maybe she just need the male chas­ing her in order to get into a spawn­ing mood.

This could well be the sce­nario as well. Best thing to do is to really pro­vide good dense hid­ing space for her /​him and see what hap­pens in the next days.
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7 years 3 months ago #2370 by helene
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The fact that the male has already started build­ing a bub­ble nest actu­ally might be a good sign that the other fish is indeed a female. Im not so sure he would do that if it was a male, — he would still be chas­ing it, but not build a bub­ble nest.
And nip­ping at females is also a rather ‘male’ behav­iour in order to get her in the mood :)
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7 years 3 months ago #2371 by Jen­nifer Kro­nen­berg
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I hope I’m not post­ing too much, but I’m just try­ing to be care­ful not to make too many mis­takes with these. I can already see I need to change the hide. You can see a line of bub­bles, but, unfor­tu­nately the tube is such a shape as to allow them to move up and out. The male is also in this photo, but because I used the flash he is already striped. The assumed female is the next photo.



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7 years 3 months ago #2372 by helene
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:) we wel­come all ques­tions — we are just happy that you have found our home­page and that you want to learn about the parosphromenus species, — so just ask :)

I can see the point with the tube — its a good point, because that is a risk and once there’s egg in it they may float away which would be a real pity.

The image is almost cer­tainly a female.
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7 years 2 months ago #2373 by Jen­nifer Kro­nen­berg
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The female never really seemed to get com­fort­able, so I trans­ferred both back to the orig­i­nal tank with the oth­ers.

I’m going to wait and see if a pair forms nat­u­rally and then sep­a­rate them. I added some more hid­ing places in the orig­i­nal tank and the betta’s will be out tomor­row, tanks are already set up, just wait­ing for new fil­ters to arrive.

I really believe they are still juve­niles. The male never really col­ored up enough to be iden­ti­fi­able, so per­haps a few more months will make the dif­fer­ence in being able to tell species and gender.
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