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lisab 08-19-2007 12:09 AM

Confused Cichlids
 
We have a pair of Cobalt Blue Cichlids in a 55G. They are about 6 mo. old. We have known for quite awhile that we had a male and a female. Coby has the pointed fin, the brighter coloration and several egg spots so naturally, that's the male! Well imagine my shock when (he) started dropping eggs!!!!!! Almost immediately, Gimp, the female, started swimming upside down in front of Coby and we noticed for the 1st time that (she) had bigger, brighter egg spots than Coby! Unfortunately, she swallowed the eggs (too young still,I think). Anyway,now I keep looking at the rest of our fish and wondering how many others we've gotten wrong. This would be soooo much easier if they had labels or something! lol!

fish_4_all 08-19-2007 12:13 AM

That is just soooo annoying to have that happen. I have been breeding Swords for quite a while and every time I have a batch I have 3-4 that I swear are females and turn out to be males well after all the other males have long swords.

Is there any chance you have pictures from before and after? It would be really useful for others to see the changes if they were that easy to see.

lisab 08-19-2007 02:03 AM

Gimp before-only 1 egg spot and rounded dorsal fin
http://fishforum.com/userpix/2758_Gimp_060707_1.jpg

Gimp after-3 egg spots and pointed dorsal fin
http://fishforum.com/userpix/2758_gimp_081607_1.jpg

Coby before
http://fishforum.com/userpix/2758_Coby_060707_1.jpg

Coby 3 days before dropping eggs-swollen vent
http://fishforum.com/userpix/2758_Co...len_Vent_1.jpg

Coby after
http://fishforum.com/userpix/2758_coby_081607_1.jpg

fish_4_all 08-19-2007 01:12 PM

That is an Amazing transformation! I have someone who needs to see this post, maybe he will be able to give some insite.

fish_4_all 08-19-2007 01:48 PM

That is an Amazing transformation! I have someone who needs to see this post, maybe he will be able to give some insite.


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