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beweeb 05-20-2008 04:50 PM

how do you tell male and female firemouths apart :?: :?: :?

herefishy 05-20-2008 05:59 PM

Watch and see which bathroom they use?

This isn't a test is it?

Back on a serious note, as juvies it is almost impossible to sex. In breeding dress, the male's coloration is much more prominent. Some say that finnage can be used to distinguish the sexes. The male's dorsal fin has a long "streamer"and the pectoral fins are said to be longer. Males are also generally larger in size.

While all of this may be true, I have found mature females with "streamers" and enhanced pecs. (why does this sound bad?) The only way I could tell my male was the enhanced colors in breeding dress.

bhone20 05-26-2008 07:13 PM

:lol: They remind me of Convicts! A friend of mine had what he thought was a female,kind of dull in appearance and almost no red on its chest.So he bought what was known to be a male.Turned out they were both males,and the bigger one killed the smaller one in two days.I personally have noticed Good health can also create very brite colored chest and elongated upper/lower fin on male and female.But my male was much bigger and bulkier,but not much difference in color. If its breeding you want maybee try getting about 4-6 if you have the space.When two of them begin defending an area you got a pair.Remove the rest or take them back to your LFS.The pair that I had last year took 1 month to finally pair up. And they do eat there fry after a while !!!

beweeb 05-27-2008 08:57 PM

thanks for the advice btw I had my one fire mouth out of his/her normal tank for awhile and when i put him/her back in him and the other firemouth chased each other around the tank and locked jaws I have heard they do this to see who will be the dominint male
does this mean they are both males :?:

bhone20 06-04-2008 01:11 AM

If they are locking jaws, that is mating habits!!. When it is Male vs. Male, it will be a blur of bitting each others sides/scales. lunging at each, and lots of qwick chases. and there is always one that wins. The stronger or bigger male will most likely kill the weaker male if there is no hiding spots. This usualy only happens when a female is introduced. My guess is that you have a pair, but watch for scales missing and bite marks as well as repedative chasing and bullying.

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