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I have a quick question. Just added 4 Praecox to my tank, they all appear to have the same coloration on their body as well as their fins (reddish orange). I tried to find a picture online of a male vs a female and haven't had much luck.

They appear to "school" together most of the time. They do raise their dorsal fins from time to time and circle each other. I have seen them nip at each other as well. I think that I may have gotten 4 males, and to be honest at the LFS they all appeared to be the same coloration as the ones that I bought.

If they are all males will they be ok? Is there anything other than fin color that will differentiate between the sexes?
 

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Any chance of pictures?
Males=red fins
Females=orange/yellow fins

No problem having an all-male group of praecox.
 

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Blue said:
Any chance of pictures?
Males=red fins
Females=orange/yellow fins

No problem having an all-male group of praecox.
I do, I will upload them tonight after I see if they are clear.
 

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ditto on the coloration. its a fairly obvious difference so if they all look the same they all are the same. Having all males though isn't a problem at all however. I've had the same group of 5 males for months now just waiting for me to set up another tank and get some females.
 

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Here are the pics that I have gotten that are viewable.

Here's the full tank pretty much with the group of 4 Praecox.


Here's some of them in one part of the Alternanthera Reineckii.


A single Rainbow. I think you can see one of my Honey Gouramis at the very bottom.


One more single shot.
 

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ttiger72 said:
A single Rainbow. I think you can see one of my Honey Gouramis at the very bottom.
Any more pics? I would prefer seeing close-up ones to identify the sexes properly.
That pic shows a female from what I see.
 

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With those fins looking orange, they look like females to me.
 

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Really? I would have said male. All of the female praecox I've ever kept had outright yellow fins rather than orange and those looks red-orange to me which would indicate male. The habit mentioned of them flashing their fins at one another would also indicate them to be males. Either way though groups of either all males or all females aren't a problem.
 

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Really? I would have said male. All of the female praecox I've ever kept had outright yellow fins rather than orange and those looks red-orange to me which would indicate male. The habit mentioned of them flashing their fins at one another would also indicate them to be males. Either way though groups of either all males or all females aren't a problem.
Their appearance is fooling me but I guess you're right. I forgot all about how they behaved.:) They look like females to me as I had one with completely yellow fins while the other female is orange-red like the ones Ttiger have. I had witnessed how they spawned. How easy do I get fooled by appearances.:shake: But in a way, their behavior pretty much says all.

Pls remind me to have my head examined. :oops: I should have guessed in the first place about their behavior rather than asking for their coloration.:frustrated:
 

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Thanks! They are really a fun fish to watch. I love how their color shifts as they swim into different areas of the tank.
 
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