Males? Females?

We all know how difficult it is to identify the sex of these fish, so please post a picture in here and we'll try to help you (or at least give an educated guess!).
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brechtvh
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Males? Females?

Post by brechtvh » Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:08 pm

Hi,

Could you please tell me how many males and females you see on each picture?
If possible also tell me which one are females?

Thanks!!!

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Re: Males? Females?

Post by mjh712 » Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:51 pm

It is hard to sex the fish, especially from far way, your best bet is to take pictures like the ones below from sandstone's posts and it would probably be helpful to catelog them like he did.

Males tend to have a broader head and appear to have cheeks at which point the head runs straight back to the body.
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Females have smaller, more curvy heads that appear to be curved all the way back to the fins. Females also tend to be smaller and fatter around the midsection.
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Males also have odontodes (whiskers), that can be seen on the picture of the male (15), above, and illustrated on the picture below.
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Hope this helps. If you still want second opinions try posting pics like sandstone's and I'm sure people will be willing to help.

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Re: Males? Females?

Post by brechtvh » Thu Jul 12, 2012 9:07 pm

Ok, thank you!
You can't say anything about the sexes?

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Re: Males? Females?

Post by mjh712 » Thu Jul 12, 2012 9:40 pm

If I had to guess... (and a lot of these i went back and forth with)
on the 2nd picture

F,F,M,M,F
F, M
M F

and i'd only say im confident on the bottom left b/c you can see odontodes

the one visable in the 3rd picture on the left appears to have a wide head, i'd say male to be safe.
and i don't know which one from the 1st pic is the one who's fins are infront of it on the left.

these are more or less guesses. if you want a better idea try to get better pictures of each fish

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Re: Males? Females?

Post by brechtvh » Thu Jul 12, 2012 9:49 pm

Ok, thank you!

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Re: Males? Females?

Post by har_eh » Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:34 am

Second pic from left to right:

Row 1: ?, F, M, ?, F
Row 2: M, M
Row 3: M, ?

Some better closeup pics would be very helpful to give you a more conclusive idea though.
On a side note, great looking fish of a decent size, I thought your fish would be much smaller. :)

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Re: Males? Females?

Post by brechtvh » Sat Jul 14, 2012 5:13 pm

Thanks Har!

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Re: Males? Females?

Post by TwoTankAmin » Wed Jul 18, 2012 4:11 pm

Just an fyi- Sandstone- aka Sandy- is a she :-)
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