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Old 11-30-2013, 07:42 PM   #1
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Discovered single female lab in all male tank, need suggestions

So i just discovered my yellow lab is a female...i got it as a small juvi and she has grown quite fast. I suspected she was female as my lemon jake always follows her and recently became more aggressive to his tank mates especially when they were around her. I vented and she is indeed female.

What can i do? Should i replace her with a male? Should i buy three more female labs and a male lab to create a harem? I wouldnt mind having a yellow lab colony, but im concerned about if 5 yellow labs would get along with the others.

55G
My stock is:
1 red collar M
1lemon jake M
1yellow lab F
1 OB M
1 Bi-color (still too small to sex)
1 regal M
1 Sulfer head M
1 Ruby M
1 sunshine M
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Old 11-30-2013, 07:54 PM   #2
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You have three options.
One add more labs, get 1 or 2 males and 3-4 females. The group should be okay with your current stock.
Second replace her with a male, this may or may not work.
Lastly get rid of the lab and keep or aulancara and haps.


What size tank is this?
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Old 11-30-2013, 08:00 PM   #3
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And they are all 2-3inches...largest is the red collar at almost 4, he is the alpha but relatively docile.

Im leaning towards getting 1m and 3 more females.
It be interesting to watch their behavior
Would my lemon jake still try to court the females if there is one male yellow lab?
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Old 11-30-2013, 10:32 PM   #4
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He still probably would. IMO having a female is going to bring trouble. Your tanks pretty full as is, I'd replace the lab with a peacock and leave it alone
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Easier said than done...she is my wife's favorite, i dont know if she can accept that as she has become attached. You sure there are no other alternatives?
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Old 11-30-2013, 11:35 PM   #6
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Replace her with a male, or hope your males settle down
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Old 12-01-2013, 03:26 PM   #7
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Took your advice and i replaced her with a male...good news is that I picked up a lethrinops mbawa blackfin that just came in from my LFS. That brings my stock to 10...I think i might be good for now in my 55G
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Yes IMO your tank is stocked. If you upgrade that will open up some space, but you should be good.
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Old 12-01-2013, 07:08 PM   #9
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Yes IMO your tank is stocked. If you upgrade that will open up some space, but you should be good.
yea, im good for now.

My new black fin is acting weird...i intro'd him along with the yellow lab, yellow lab is doing great, making new freinds and finding exploring all the nooks and crannies.

The black fin has rapid breathing and is hiding in one cave spot, lethargic, I actually saw the yellow lab nudge the black fin and the black fin didnt even move. When he was at my LFS he was fine, when i was acclimating him he was fine too...he was actually trashing around in the net when i transferred and i thought "wow got a feisty one, might be aggressive.." anyone know why he has rapid breathing and is hiding? Test my water and its perfect. Never had this issue before
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Has he been chased around?? It could be that he's just not quite used to the new water yet.
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