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Old 09-05-2009, 07:16 PM   #11
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Congrats.. great looking fish.. my bumblebees like their reflection too
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Turns out my yellow lab is a female (I'm pretty sure, there's no egg spots and the red zebra is a male.
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Old 09-05-2009, 09:07 PM   #13
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Egg spots arent a sure thing. Have seen lots of females with them. The only sure way is to vent them. DizzCat has a link that shows how to do this. Maybe PM her and she can send it to you. You will have to catch them and check out by their pooper...LOL
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Egg spots arent a sure thing. Have seen lots of females with them. The only sure way is to vent them. DizzCat has a link that shows how to do this. Maybe PM her and she can send it to you. You will have to catch them and check out by their pooper...LOL
lol, I think I'll be okay with guessing. However I read that with the zebras, the females have 0-3 eggspots and males have 4-7 and he has 4. I don't want to hassle with all the venting stuff I already read about it.
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Thats the way I am too. I just bought 4 of each and hope for the best. The only way I know what 2 of my acei are is because 2 of them have been holding babies.....LOL
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Wow, nice cichlids man!
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Old 09-07-2009, 11:15 AM   #17
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Thanks. I was going to get some more today but the lfs is closed
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New Zebra

I got a new red zebra today.

He's the one farthest away from the side.
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However I read that with the zebras, the females have 0-3 eggspots and males have 4-7 and he has 4..
Not true either. My two grown females have at the least 8 egg spots on their tails! With Red Zebras, most of the time you can tell by shinning a flash light on them. If they have a blue sheen to their fins and body, its most likely a male. Females may have a tiny bit of blue in the fins, but males have it in the body and dorsal fin. Once they are adults you can see the blue all over the male without a flashlight.

Egg spots on males tend to be bigger and darker, but really do not show that way until they reach about 4-5". My Acei male only has two egg spots, and my big females have more than 5. But, his are bigger and darker than theirs. I have noticed that the males spots really don't become very pronounced until they get bigger.

Venting is also hard when the fish is below the 4" mark. I have not been able to tell until mine grew to almost 4".
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Actually your Yellow Lab looks to me like it might be a male. Males have more pronounced black in their fins than females. My big dominant guy didn't get an egg spot on him until he was almost 5".
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