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Platy 01-31-2012 09:03 AM

Platy - Male or Female?

I recently bought three Platies from my local pet shop and I specifically asked for two females. The woman who worked there fished out two and said "here's two lovely females for you". However, after getting them home and watching them swim around for a bit, I thought they looked exactly like the male. I read that females could look like males if they "held" their fin in, but surely they're not supposed to do that for a hold week without letting go? :p

I tried taking a few photos and would very much like your opinion. Sorry they're of such bad quality; I don't know if they will be any help at all, but let me know if you think you can tell:

One of them seem to have a darker spot (not really visible in the photos) and at first I thought it might be pregnant, but the shape of it's anal fin makes it look very much like a male to me ...

stevenjohn21 01-31-2012 09:24 AM

The last picture could be a female although its hard to tell from that angle, the rest are all males though ! Is it the same fish in picture 2 as the last one ? If so then its male.

Platy 01-31-2012 09:34 AM

Thanks! That's what I suspected. :/
Pic 1 and 4 is the same fish; it's also the one at the top in pic 3.

BabyBoyBlue 02-04-2012 10:45 PM

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