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Sorry, not very good photos of my over 3 yr old zebra - approx. 7-7.5cm
If I can establish the sex of this one then I will attempt to get pictures of the other adult. (The small zebra in the first photo is only just over 12 months)

Although it is always in a cave, I am not sure it is male. What are your thoughts or do I have to take it out of the tank to get a better picture.
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Post by Miezekatze »

hi

pic one looks like a male, pic two looks like a female... very hard to say. but i think it is a very fat male, because its very hairy. does this pleco always stay in a cave ? If it`s, it`s definitive a male !!
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Yes it is always in a cave - the reason I wasn't sure is that it has a huge belly lately and looks more and more like a gravid female, perhaps wishful thinking of my part :lol:
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i would say that from the pics it looks like a female but if it is always in the cave then it must be a male :? wierd?
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I would say gravid Female. My breeding Female that has laid eggs spends all her time in a cave. The only difference is that she usually sits at the front in view where as the males sit right inside the caves out of view.

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Ditto - Our breeding female hangs out in a cave too :)

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I am thinking more and more that I have two adult females. If the one pictured is gravid and there is no male - will she absorb any eggs or could her health be endangered.

Why I think I might have two female is that both adults don't appear to have 'bristles' of any sort and, I would have thought that they would have some at their age.
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Could well be the case. Get some pictures of the other one up and if you need an adult male speak to PlecoDamo :wink:
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