(URGENT) Male laying eggs rn?

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Hi I have had a pair of normal clowns for like 3 years. one is larger than the other and has always been dominant. They have done the dances and I have just always prosumed the submissive one was male. For the first time today the smaller submissive has cleaned a rock and started laying eggs, the bigger clown did not like it, and was shuving the smaller one away from the rock, Not fighting and seemed to take over control and wouldnt let the smaller clown lay the eggs even though it keeps trying. The larger clown isnt eating the eggs or fertalising them just seems to be protecting them.

Why is the submissive laying eggs? do i have 2 females? will they end up killing each other? what happens if the smaller clown cant lay the eggs?
Last Edit: Apr 18, 2020 8:41:30 pm by FYPO

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Sounds like the other one is being picky and doesn't like the place it's trying to lay eggs, in the wild if a pair of clowns lay eggs and if one isn't happy where they've been layed it has been known for the other one to take over and move the eggs or try to encourage the one to lay in another place ,
It can cause a bit of friction between the pair but very rarely leads to anything serious ,
Bit like us really, you like blue you're partner likes yellow  lol lol lol 😂
Sometimes if you get to close to the tank while egg laying they can get territory minded thinking you're going to destroy the eggs ,
Keep an eye from a distance ,
Oh yeah they can also be a bit funny if it's first batch ,
Dave
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Be wicked to see some pics though if you can get them ,
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Great advice Dave!


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thanks for the advice, the egg laying stopped when the lights went out, she still has a fat belly though will she try again or do unlaid eggs just get absorbed by the body? So do you think the larger domanant one is male and just not mature enough? from what i know and have read the submissive one is always male, can it be reverse? after the laying the smaller female was doing the submissive shiver dance.


But all is well for now they are swimming back together. the eggs are gone. if it starts to happen again i will try and take some pictures. Here is a quick picture, the larger orange (sex unknown) the smaller black (female) the pebble is where she was laying eggs.



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You could try to move the pebble into a bit more of a sheltered spot if possible , chances are if there is more eggs to come out probability of using same rock,
Case of wait and see,
Dave
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Nice looking tank though and fish ,
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Not uncommon for the eggs to be eaten,
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Reply #6

How's it all going ,did you find anymore eggs layed , has normality returned between the clowns now ,
Some people have a small terracotta pot (only need a small tiny one ) for the clowns to use for egg laying and a safe haven ,
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