pseudotropheus crabro question about sex

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chiefbigsmoke
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pseudotropheus crabro question about sex

Post by chiefbigsmoke » Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:54 pm

I recently got two of these pseudotropheus crabro (aka bumblbee cichlid) that measure just under two inches. One of them when I got it was almost all black making me suspect it was a male but after I got it in my quarantine tank its colors turned yellow with black bars. Is this common or is venting the only sure way to sex them?

Pete B
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Re: pseudotropheus crabro question about sex

Post by Pete B » Wed Aug 14, 2013 11:30 am

I assume it was black in the tank you saw it in before purchase.
Being caught and transported would have stressed it and would be the reason for the colour change.
Also dominant male colour would depend what location it originates from.
Best to vent to be as certain as possible.

chiefbigsmoke
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Re: pseudotropheus crabro question about sex

Post by chiefbigsmoke » Wed Aug 14, 2013 11:30 pm

Thanks, and yes it was black when I first saw it but when I got it home and put it in my small 40 gallon tank it showed more yellow but not as much as a second one I got.

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