ok taz, i found some aceis at my LFS, and just picked the healthiest looking ones i could find. they said they couldn't vent the fish, so I let go of gender for the time being. I was hoping you could help me sort out this conundrum. here are some facts about the fish:
-all are about the same size-except for one slightly smaller one
-2 of them have prominent egg spots, one of them i'm not so sure about, and one has no spots
-they seem to "school" together (not much aggression at all)
-the smaller one often gets left behind in the school, not because they chase it, but it just drifts away.
-the smaller one is darker and sort of looks like it has stripes down its side
-the other three are lighter and have no stripes
-they all have sort of neon blue spots near their head
-their fins are all a solid yellow color
-the smaller one is the one whose egg spots i am not sure about-it is like a fuzzy dot, so it could be a sort of pigmentation error
This is all i can come up with now. It would be great if you could determine the gender before i have to vent them, as i am a newbie and would not want for a fish to die in my hands.
Also, my mom is pushing me to buy new fish very soon, so it would be helpful if you could determine the gender before i go out and buy new fish. currently the aceis dont seem to be doing each other any harm, but i assume this will change shortly, right? because if nothing is going to happen with what i have here, i would rather not change anything, simply because it would be easier.
Finally, they have been taking fish flake for the past few days. I don't know if this is healthy for them because it isn't specifically designed for cichlids, but they seem to like it. can i continue like this? also, should i add any extra veggie matter for them, or will the tank's algae be enough?