04-20-2007, 12:00 AM
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Unfortunately, its not always as easy as just picking your male and your female and putting them together. They don't always accept just any mate, I can tell you this from experience. Sometimes it works, sometimes the male decides he doesn't like his arranged marriage ;) Its safest in the long run to buy a group of juveniles like you've decided to do. As for when they'll start pairing off...females can breed at a smaller age, starting at about 1.5" or bigger. Males tend to need more time, around the 2.5-3" mark in my experience. But they can pair off before they're ready to successfully spawn, and the female will likely even start laying infertile eggs before the male is ready.