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Spot the mistake.

Post by damba » Mon Jul 01, 2013 2:42 am

This fish is male...
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Re: Spot the mistake.

Post by Philippe Burnel » Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:02 am

it has nothing of a male (judging from the pictures)

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Re: Spot the mistake.

Post by damba » Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:07 am

This fish is male Phillipe. He has black edging to all fins and I have vented him. He has never laid an egg when spawning.

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Re: Spot the mistake.

Post by dogofwar » Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:59 am

You're mixing Lake Tang and Lake Malawi fish in the same tank?

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Post by damba » Mon Jul 01, 2013 11:04 am

Only trophs and mbuna yes. I have had no problems doing this though the tropheus tend not to breed so often.

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Re: Spot the mistake.

Post by Philippe Burnel » Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:34 pm

damba wrote:This fish is male Phillipe. He has black edging to all fins
and ? that's not a good criteria
and I have vented him.
seems small !
He has never laid an egg when spawning.
you have never seen him doing.

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Post by damba » Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:40 pm

True but still sure it is male. I guess will have to wait and see.

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Re: Spot the mistake.

Post by Fogelhund » Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:53 am

Indeed, black in the finnage, eggs spots, etc. are not reliable indicators of gender. Also if this is a fish that hadn't spawned before, it could be very difficult to vent at a small size. Venting after they have spawned is much easier.

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Re: Spot the mistake.

Post by damba » Tue Jul 02, 2013 1:21 pm

It has held a couple of times before but never seen it lay?

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Re: Spot the mistake.

Post by Ganapoes » Wed Jul 31, 2013 2:56 am

seems small !

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Re: Spot the mistake.

Post by Tony Poth » Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:10 am

It most likely is female, but on some occasions males will tumble eggs also. With time I think you will know for sure with careful observation.

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Post by Vincentcnbres » Wed Aug 07, 2013 3:57 am

seems small !but Very beautiful...

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Re: Spot the mistake.

Post by SergeS » Wed Aug 07, 2013 7:01 am

I agree with Philippe. The black edges on the fins don't mean anything. Males and females of L. caeruleus are very hard to distinguish based on looks only, even for adult specimens you cannot always be sure.

Yet, as it appears to be breeding, I suspect it's a female :) In my Mbuna-tank, I've had several breeding Yellow electric labs, and I can't remember that I ever saw them spawn. Easy to explain though: in my tank, they spawned in a small cave, fully hidden from sight. If you have dark & hidden areas in your tank, that is where I would place my bets.

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