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InsaneIchthyology 05-20-2012 06:04 PM

Sexing GBRs?
 
So I finished off my South American 40 gal today with a pair of GBRs. The guy at the fish store told me that one was male and one was female, but I just wanted to post some pics on here and make sure.
http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs70/i/20...es-d50mpub.jpg


http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs70/i/20...es-d50mpqf.jpg

Which one is male and which is female?

GwenInNM 05-20-2012 09:20 PM

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Originally Posted by InsaneIchthyology (Post 1088924)
So I finished off my South American 40 gal today with a pair of GBRs. The guy at the fish store told me that one was male and one was female, but I just wanted to post some pics on here and make sure.
http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs70/i/20...es-d50mpub.jpg


http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs70/i/20...es-d50mpqf.jpg

Which one is male and which is female?

With the pictures, it's hard to tell. I think the top pic is a female. I can't tell for sure if the bottom pic is a male. Hopefully, when they get more comfortable they'll show more color. The black spot in the male has no color coming through it, and in the female black will be somewhat translucent and have blue "under" it. I could always tell me male and female apart. But I can't think now, of other differences. In the profiles, I think it gives some helpful details.

Gwen

Jwest 05-22-2012 02:43 PM

Look for a pink belly on the female. If they're young it will be hard to distinguish them.

lorax84 05-23-2012 04:58 PM

Going of nothing other than the caudal fin shape I would say the top is female and the bottom is male. I would still watch their behavior. If the bottom one is male he will make it known through his behavior.

Tazman 05-24-2012 06:35 AM

They are a little young to tell for sure.

Byron 05-24-2012 11:17 AM

Yes. Observe the way they interact, once they are settled. The fish knows what it is and they will act accordingly toward each other.;-)


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