Male or Female

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Male or Female

Post by Mom2BandL » Thu Apr 25, 2019 12:29 pm

Hello! This is my first post. I have an auratus that has darkened over the last month or so but I'm not sure if its a female showing dominance or a juvenile male that is maturing. Please help!

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Re: Male or Female

Post by Pete B » Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:30 am

Do you have a photo?

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Re: Male or Female

Post by Philippe Burnel » Sat Apr 27, 2019 10:48 am

females can turn to black !
A long time ago (around 35 years... at least) I had a "male" johanni. I've looked for females for him... till I've seen him laying eggs

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Re: Male or Female

Post by CorySchultze » Sun Aug 11, 2019 5:36 pm

I'm pretty new to the Cichlid world (about 6 months) and I also have some Auratus that darkened. One is near black, which changed first and the other two are just greyish, leaving two gold. I have pics!
So 0 and 3 are the control images - 0 being juvenile and 3 being mature female (I think).
1 is the first day I noticed the colour change, about 4 months in.
2 is another, recent changeling which might be male?
4 is 1 but as she(?) is now. Sorry it's a little blurry...

I hope this helps the O.P. (as well as myself!)

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