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Old 06-15-2010, 10:25 AM   #1
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female or male clownfish??

First thing I put in my tank was a yellow tail damsel.

yesterday I put in a clown fish that is about 2.5" long and 2.5 years old. It is probably a male correct, since it is pretty small?

it looks like the damsel and clown are doing fine, the damsel is not aggressive to it.

I want to have another clownfish in my tank. I was wondering if I should get a male or female? will it matter? IF I get another male will it be aggressive?
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Not necessarily a male. It could just be a small clown. Maybe a juvinile. About the only thing you can do is get one much bigger or smaller and then the dominant one will morph into the female.
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are clowns asexual when they are born or all male?
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They're born all male. Some more info via Wikipedia:

"When the female dies, the dominant male changes sex and becomes the female. This life history strategy is known as sequential hermaphroditism. Because clownfish are all born as males, they are protandrous hermaphrodites (pro=first; androus=male)."
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ok... this is more complex than i thought....
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They are born with active male and dormant female reproductive organs. That allows the sex change from male to female sholuld the female die.
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