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Polleni = Lame!

11 years 9 months ago #13899 by sawboy2
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Just an update.  The Polleni has really come into his own.  He is out a whole bunch now and quite the voracious eater.  Must have just been the stress of the move.  Thanks again to everyone.

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11 years 10 months ago - 11 years 10 months ago #13425 by baldtaxguy
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I have seen the same in a few instances as well.  It never occured to me that the "metamorphasis" would actually be a sex change - it appeared to me that dormant, dominant male traits surfaced when the alpha male was removed.  I've used a dominant male and divider to stimulate breeding between a pair where the male of the pair was sub-dominant.  I believe I read where Sam Nuchal Man has done the same.  That's where you really see the sub-male transform - he grows a big pair with that divider.
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11 years 10 months ago #13417 by duanest
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Funny thing about these guys though, they tend to get hard on each other at maturity, so keep your guard up.
I had a group of 8 back in the mid 90s in a 150 gal tank, that quickly whittled themselves from 8 to 3 at maturity, and ended up (I thought) with 1 male and 2 females, because the way the 3rd wheel male survived was to mimic female colors and body shape, to stay small and, to hide as far away from the other 2 as possible.
Within a few hours of the Alpha males death, the mimic (sub dominant male) either changed sex, "or "  simply, colored up, his head profile changed drastically, and had an amazing quick growth spurt over the next few weeks.

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11 years 10 months ago #13416 by sawboy2
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This is why I love this site. Thanks for the advice guys. I'll get ahold of Ric and get 3 or 4 more.

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11 years 10 months ago #13415 by duanest
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I bought some bleekeri at the last auction, they are housed with Cubans and RT motags that are at least 1/3rd larger and they easily hold their own.
I think Scott hits the nail on the head, as a loner, it may be overwhelmed.

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11 years 10 months ago #13400 by Nuchal Man
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Let him get a foot and then tell me ho he is. Mine were aggressive and were pretty brutal on each other even thought I thought my pair had a good pair bond. Also, he's been in your tank for 4 days and you moved him. He's probably stressed out. Those Madagascans are like C. and S. Americans. They take a lot longer to get used to a tank when they are first introduced. Try something other than labs also. The polleni are slow moving fish and they may not like that much movement around them. You could also add some salt. I've found this makes many Madagascans happier.

You are correct on the temperament of Jacks though. I do think they are wimpy.

I have a confession. I'm a cichlaholic.

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11 years 10 months ago #13398 by sawboy2
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So I was real excited about this little guy I got from Ric at the swap.  They should rename these fish "Jack Polleni Dempsey".  Man is this fish a sissy / shy little lame-o.  He is about 2" and I have him in a 10 with about (15) .75 - 1" Yellow Labs.  All he does is sit between the sponge and the glass and hide.  I first tried him in a 40 breeder that has about 30 or 40 Yellows growing out but thought they were spooking him.  Nope......just as shy in the 10.  What gives??

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