I left her in with the two others, one suspected female, one possibly male.
Was planning to let her hold long enough for the eggs to hatch but I made the mistake of feeding frozen plankton tonight. It was too much for her to resist. Watched her swallow whatever she was holding then pig out on plankton.
Held for about three days- Would unfertilized eggs have been swallowed sooner?
still no color on the suspected male. I thought maybe the light colored substrate and no backround on the tank might be holding him back so I put it in my planted community tank- rainbows,gouramis,livebearers, etc. If that doesn't bring out some color I don't know what else to do besides hurry up and wait some more.
the first pic does look like a female that is holding. i am no expert on peacocks but i think they hold for 15-24 days. you can either leave her by herself or leave as is in tank, all depends if you want to raise fry. she doesn't need the male anymore. if it is the first time she is holding, i usually leave her in there with the male. then when she holds another time, i might move her to a 5 or 10 gallon tank.
to determine males, you can take the male that is colored up and put him in another tank. Then observe the other two. with the dominant male out of tank, you might get the other one to color up. if the other fish is at least 2" and a male, it will usually start to show some color. again, this doesn't always happen. sometimes you can see how the two fish relate to each other.
Can females have egg spots on the **** fin? Will females dig a pit in the sand or is that a male only behavior?
I ask because I have three red peacocks (unknown species) that are about 2.5-3". One -I thought male-has egg spots and has been digging/defending a pit in the sand. This morning I went to feed and noticed the one I thought was male already had a full mouth.
I'll have to clean the green off to get a better picture,
this one seems to be holding something.- hiding, not eating.
could this be a male? It the smallest and least dominant fish of the three. top fish in above pic.