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Old 08/03/2006, 11:13 AM   #1
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How to sex a Bicolor Blenny?

Anyone know how to sex a Bicolor Blenny. I am thinking about getting a 2nd one for mine but I want to get a mate. Mine is a bit shy so it makes it hard to make out details. He does have a black dot on the front part of the fin that start just behind his head, I assume this is the dorsal fin. Not sure since it goes all the way down the back. He has standard colors, dark blue in the front, orange in the back.

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Old 08/03/2006, 02:48 PM   #2
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Not sure about the black dot. Is yours mostly purple? Males have a little bit of yellow if any at all.


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Old 08/03/2006, 03:22 PM   #3
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well it seems to be the dark blue/purple in the front and orange in the back half. Right near the tail area where it fans out there is a bit of yellow.


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Old 08/03/2006, 04:51 PM   #4
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If she is half and half then she is a female.


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Old 08/03/2006, 05:04 PM   #5
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hgbarwick.
so since mine has very little yellow - just a bit on the tail tip... that means it's a male?? If I add a female will they coexist? That would be fabulous!


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They might. I havn't tried to breed them. My book says they will. I have a single male so it is worth a try.


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Old 08/03/2006, 08:24 PM   #7
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oh so males have very little color at the end of the tail. Mainly all blue then? That would be excellent to find a male then. I have a pair of clowns in the tank that are getting friendly. Would love to try and breed them.


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Old 08/04/2006, 07:15 AM   #8
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Re: How to sex a Bicolor Blenny?

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Anyone know how to sex a Bicolor Blenny.

Any ideas?
Have you tried a little booze? That always seems to help when it comes to sexin.


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Old 08/04/2006, 07:49 AM   #9
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Yeah I tried a bit of wine. Problem is they can't open the bottles with their little fins. Also once they do get open the fish get all rowdy and ended up crashing the skimmer into a tree.


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Old 08/04/2006, 08:04 AM   #10
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hgbarwick - which book are you referring to?

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Yeah I tried a bit of wine. Problem is they can't open the bottles with their little fins. Also once they do get open the fish get all rowdy and ended up crashing the skimmer into a tree.

If you try this, first check with your insurance co.-- I found out the hard way that my skimmer was not covered for male blennies under 25 ;(


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Old 08/04/2006, 08:09 AM   #11
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lol well it seems my blenny is a female. her insurance is quite a bit lower, but she had to get a used 4 door skimmer that was not considered a sports skimmer in order to get the lower rate.


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Old 08/04/2006, 08:11 AM   #12
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Yeah, there are definitely some disadvantages to having a Deltec

I called TBS and they said it's appropriate to literally laugh out loud at your post.


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hgbarwick - which book are you referring to?



If you try this, first check with your insurance co.-- I found out the hard way that my skimmer was not covered for male blennies under 25 ;(
I am referring to Marine Fishes by Scott W. Michael.


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Old 08/04/2006, 08:59 PM   #14
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The varying phases of E. bicolor have nothing to do with its sex. Check this article:Combtooth blennies


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Old 08/04/2006, 09:14 PM   #15
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Funky link. Here is the correct one. Not to up on my biology of all the exact fish parts. I need to take a look at some pics an dsee if I can't tell the size of parts compared to other blennies. Maybe that is a godo place to start.

http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/20...hcs3/index.php


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Old 08/05/2006, 03:51 PM   #16
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Oops, yes that is the correct article and the one I meant to post.


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