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post #1 of 18 Old 02-10-2011, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
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sex this blue ram!

it seems no matter where i look i can't find the right answer every site says somethign a little different, so i decided to join this forum :D


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post #2 of 18 Old 02-10-2011, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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is this male or female?
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post #3 of 18 Old 02-10-2011, 01:03 PM
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Looks male to me. The black dot is void of any blue specs. Not perfect, but it's a very reliable method of sexing them.

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Looks male to me. The black dot is void of any blue specs. Not perfect, but it's a very reliable method of sexing them.
i've checked this, the reason im asking is because other websites are saying black lines on bottom fins mean its a female, but also i should see a bit of pink onits belly?
and i've introduced 2 other rams, they're smaller and less colourful, they're supposed to be females. but they're not grown enough yet to be vibrent. the big ram has already mauled one of the new ones. and its old ram tankmate was killed. im not sure if its just mean, or if i'm getting the wrong sexes :(
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The pelvic fin ID is less reliable IME. Judging by the size of the dorsal rays, the fish is plenty old enough to sex - I'm 99.9% sure it's a male.

It sounds like you have too many males.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
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The pelvic fin ID is less reliable IME. Judging by the size of the dorsal rays, the fish is plenty old enough to sex - I'm 99.9% sure it's a male.

It sounds like you have too many males.
http://www.aquahobby.com/board/viewt...26740&start=10
this makes me believe shes a big female, it attacked fish that the petstore told me were females
and that a male shouldn't attack females

i'll post pics of the other 2 rams i have now, maybe you can help with the issue
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post #7 of 18 Old 02-10-2011, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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these 2 pics are of the one that was getting nipped, so i put it in a nursery net in the tank.






this one is still free swimming around with the other one. it gets chased a bit, but no damage yet. i'll move it too if its getting bit.
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post #8 of 18 Old 02-10-2011, 07:55 PM
male definetly male. I find that most sites are right. There are a combination of ways to tell. One is if there are blue specks around the black spot it is a female.Another is if there are the first 3 spines of the rams dorsal fin are extended.If the specimens are mature enough to lay eggs the female will have a pink area on her stomach

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12 Hemmigrammus Bleheri
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post #9 of 18 Old 02-10-2011, 07:56 PM
also you could check out are tropical fish profiles to see.I also think I added that part but I don't remember

38 gallon :
Pelvicachromis Taeniatus Nigerian Red not yet breeding pair
4 Pangio Kuhli
12 Hemmigrammus Bleheri
2 Botia Lohachata
1 Botia Straita
1 Ancistrus Sp.
6 Poecilia Reticulata




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post #10 of 18 Old 02-10-2011, 08:17 PM
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Your others don't look so good.

There's a lot of info on sexing GBRs out there. That's one persons account. There are many others. The problem is that males are exhibiting female colorations. You do not see females taking on male characteristics though. IMO, based on my experience with GBRs, that's no doubt a male.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
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