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how can you tell a male and a female angelfish apart?

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how can you tell a male and a female angelfish apart?
Old 10-14-2009, 12:07 PM   #11
 
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If you have 2 angels that are cleaning a spot together sounds like you may have a pair. Watch for eggs!
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Old 10-14-2009, 03:31 PM   #12
 
wow they stopped claning for some reason but seem to be spending lots of time together. i have a zebra looking angelfish and a yellowish white angelfish can they mate?
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Old 10-14-2009, 05:52 PM   #13
 
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Yes, most likely they are the same species just different color variations. Most angelfish sold in fish stores are Pterophyllum Scalare. Leopoldi and Altums are not as common.
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Old 10-14-2009, 06:45 PM   #14
 
my yellowish angelfish is more bigger than the zebra looking one and it has bigger fins.
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Old 10-14-2009, 07:33 PM   #15
 
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i did just that.my one angelfish today is really wierd it looks like its cleaning an area on my big rock and when it leaves the other one comes in and does the dame thing. what are they doin?can different types of angelfish breed together?
As others have stated it is fairly difficult to determine sex of angelfish by any external means. The most accurate, and only trusted way is to observe when the fish are actually in the process of breeding. The female organ is flat on the end, while the male organ is rounded/pointed if I am not mistaken.

If they are doing that, most likely they are breeding.

How old are your angels? They reach maturity at around 8-12 months, but juveniles will spar in activities that look similar to the courtship rituals.

If your angels are lip locking, flashing, nipping, and cleaning (what you described with them following each other on the "cleaned" rock) chances are good that your angels have formed a pair and you will have the potential for fry.

If you do end up with fry, I recommend checking out this short 2 part documentary on youtube about angel breeding.

YouTube - Documentary - Breeding the Freshwater Angelfish - Part 1 of 2

Good luck.

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Old 10-15-2009, 05:33 AM   #16
 
i have no idea how old they are but my yellowish white angelfish is about 3 inch and zebra is 1 and a half inches.right now as i look over they are chasing each other but its the yellow one who is alwayas chasing.the zebra one is always hanging around by that rock while the yellowish one is in the middle of the tank.
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Old 12-02-2009, 03:32 PM   #17
 
why are my angelfish fighting and biting and nipping they have bitten fins!?
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Old 12-02-2009, 03:50 PM   #18
 
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Biokid, how did any of your attempts at breeding other fish turn out? :)
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Old 12-03-2009, 05:58 AM   #19
 
my livebearers had fry a couple times but i never saw any.i never bred any other fish :(
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Old 12-03-2009, 02:25 PM   #20
 
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Oh, ok. So i see you're trying angels now. Good luck!
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