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Male or Female for all the African Experts??

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Male or Female for all the African Experts??
Old 07-03-2011, 04:37 AM   #1
 
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Male or Female for all the African Experts??

Not the best photo he/she is a busy bee. This cichlid is a Star Sapphire Placidochromis "Phenochilus Tanzania". Hoping for a male as they are beautiful as an adult. Looking for some expert opinoins. Will try to upload a better pic soon.
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Old 07-03-2011, 10:05 AM   #2
 
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Sorry man, the only way to tell the sex of this fish at such a small size is to vent him. Here's a link to tell you how if you don't know. Good choice in fish by the way. They grow slow but are absolutely stunning as adults.

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Old 07-04-2011, 03:42 AM   #3
 
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Thanks for your advice. Not sure if I will try to vent him/her. I don't want to injure it. They are stunning, fell in love with a 5 inch male in LFS display tank.
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Old 07-04-2011, 10:16 AM   #4
 
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I think if you just got him you should defiantly wait because it can be a stressful procedure but once he is comfortable in your tank and puts on some size you should vent him to make sure he is a male.
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Old 07-10-2011, 12:51 AM   #5
 
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I think if you just got him you should defiantly wait because it can be a stressful procedure but once he is comfortable in your tank and puts on some size you should vent him to make sure he is a male.
I will definitely wait a month or so before I consider venting him. He has already starting getting more blue on him so I'm hoping that is a good sign.
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Old 09-25-2011, 05:06 AM   #6
 
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Male or Female Answer!

Finally decided to vent him and I am very happy to report that he is in fact a male. He is growing fairly steadily too and had a nice blue shimmer when I took him out of the water.
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Old 09-25-2011, 03:25 PM   #7
 
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Good to hear. These guys looks stunning as adults. Don't give up on him and you will be rewarded with a stunning fish.
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