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Old 02-28-2011, 05:33 PM   #1
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Male or female Convict?

Everything I've ever read indicates males do not have orange on their bellies. However, recently, I've read that now males CAN have orange on their bellies until they're a little older. However, LFS (yeah, right - it's Petco in my tiny town) says if it's got orange, it's a female. On the other hand, super long flowing fins are another male trait with Convicts. These are the three pics I was able to get.. (Pardon my crappy picture taking ability)

Thoughts? Male, or female?


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Not great with convicts but looks like a male to me.
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Looks like a female to me but the long fins define a male so it's kind of confusing and the pink convict on the back is definitely a female
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Looks like a female to me but the long fins define a male so it's kind of confusing and the pink convict on the back is definitely a female
The pink one, I know. That's Taco. There's a third that's also not in dispute; she's a female..

Just, Guido seems to be an issue, depending on who you talk to...and I do NOT want babies. However, Taco's laid eggs twice - they just haven't hatched.

Two replies here - one says male, one says female. LOL...
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Convicts are getting harder to sex do to inbreeding. I say it is a female though due to the orange on the belly. Its very rare that males will have that coloration
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Convicts are getting harder to sex do to inbreeding. I say it is a female though due to the orange on the belly. Its very rare that males will have that coloration
Regardless of the super long flowing fins? (well, one fin for now - he pissed off one of the females, and she took the other one).
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Regardless of the super long flowing fins? (well, one fin for now - he pissed off one of the females, and she took the other one).
I don't know anything about convicts, so I'm not much help, but OUCH!! Losing a fin has to hurt!!

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Yeah one can't really rely on the long dorsal fins anymore unless you have wild caught ones. I have a breeding pair where both the male and female have the long dorsal fin!
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Yeah one can't really rely on the long dorsal fins anymore unless you have wild caught ones. I have a breeding pair where both the male and female have the long dorsal fin!
I'll go with that, because it's what I want to hear. I *really* don't want babies.

Considering putting a slightly smaller Green Terror in with them. Thoughts?
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I don't know much about the green terrors but from my understanding they are pretty aggressive and get big. How big is your tank?
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