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is this a male and a female GBR?

Discussion in 'Other South American Dwarf Cichlids' started by Neil Nayyar., Feb 25, 2019.

  1. Neil Nayyar.

    Neil Nayyar. New Member

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    I recently purchased these at my LFS as a pair. I just want to make sure that they are a male and a female. I am new to keeping them and don't know how to sex them. IMG_5248.JPG IMG_5246.JPG

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    Fish in top picture I'm fairly certainly female, she is close to spawning as her breeding tube or papilla, is showing. The second fish I'm not as sure.... do you have better pictures, preferably with fins erect, and in the flesh does this fish's belly look pink?
    Also, how big are these fish? Is the bottom pictured fish noticeably bigger than the top pictured fish?

    Usual methods to tell a female are normally pink belly, more rounded and shorter ventral fins, rounder more plump torso, possible more rounded caudal. More blue spots in the black blotch on flank are also regularly sited but I've seen and reared many females that do not show this trait.
    Males have a more flat torso, no pink on belly, nearly always significantly bigger at same age, longer more pointed ventral fins, significant elongation in first 2 dorsal rays on older fish.

    Usual best method is simply the pink belly of the female.... this is a pair of mine spawning, the differences are very visible in body shape, fin shapes, and pink belly, though this is exaggerated when in spawning colours


    Ade.