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lowco1 03-19-2009 08:59 PM

Which sexing is better
 
I have heard that if a cichlid has 1 or more egg spots on thier tails that they are a male but I have also heard that if the anal fin is roundish then it is a female and if the anal fin is kind of pointy that it is a male, So which one is better to go off of?

easty83 03-19-2009 11:44 PM

i would never trust the egg spots as both sexes can have these. The fin and tubes is a better way but its still not 100 percent

lowco1 03-20-2009 12:27 AM

Do you now a way that is better?

easty83 03-20-2009 12:52 AM

IMO the tubes is the best way but you can never be sure until they mature/start breeding

lowco1 03-20-2009 02:15 AM

what do you mean by tubes what is that?

syrinx 03-22-2009 10:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lowco1 (Post 180991)
what do you mean by tubes what is that?

When the fish are ready to spawn "breeding tubes" poke out from the anal area. This is where the eggs and sperm come out. The male's tube is more pointed.


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