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jsm11482 07-03-2007 09:37 PM

Male & female discus?
 
Hi, so I have 2-3 (can't tell one of them) Red Turquoise discus and two of them are about the same size but their fins are very different. One of them has fins that are about 1/4 inch "more full" than the other, also the shape is different - one is a very smooth, shallow cuvature and the other is more sharp and deep. See pic:

http://fishforum.com/userpix/111_DiscusCompare_1.jpg

I'm hoping one is female and one is male. To me, if I were to guess, I would say the one on the left (Braveheart) is female and the one on the right (Convict) is male.

Comments?

Lupin 07-03-2007 09:46 PM

It's impossible to determine their sexes. The only easiest way is when they are in spawning conditions.

Welcome back, Josh!!!:welldone:

Falina 07-04-2007 02:32 AM

As far as I know discus are pretty much unsexable unless they are spawning.

Beautiful fish thoguh! :)

jsm11482 07-04-2007 09:51 AM

I know :( I was hoping to get some insider secrets! But thanks, I will just have to wait and see what happens. How old do you think they usually are before they start to pair up?

squiggles1 07-04-2007 11:08 AM

i have some juvenile blue turqs and of course was wondering how to sex them as well. I found some info on this site that may eventually be useful (I mean when they get older).

http://www.petcaretips.net/how-sex-discus-fish.html

Arash 07-05-2007 01:57 AM

lupin is right without any doubt


but if there is one lonely cleaning some area it is exactly female.


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