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Old 02-20-2016, 09:52 AM   #1
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Sexing angelfish

So a few weeks ago I picked up a pair of large angels at my lfs. The person who dumped them there claims they are a breeding pair, although the lfs had no proof. They do seem bonded, and follow eachother all around. There is some aggression (but perhaps actually spawning behavior?), and today I saw them in a lip lock, however no torn fins. I was hoping for some help, pics are attached. Thanks! Click image for larger version

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Can't tell from those photos, since neither fish is showing a breeding tube. If they drop the female's will be larger and more blunt while the male will have one that is smaller in diameter, and pointed.
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The Marble looks female and the smokey looks male. No guarantees, you will just have to wait until they spawn to be sure.
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That's what I was thinking too. I'll just have to wait to know for sure until they spawn, which will hopefully be soon. Thanks!


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The Marble looks female and the smokey looks male. No guarantees, you will just have to wait until they spawn to be sure.

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Old 03-02-2016, 11:49 PM   #6
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The marble one (the black one) looks male to me. And the other one is female. Btw, wonder what will happen if u breed a full black angel with platinum angel?? xD

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The marble one (the black one) looks male to me. And the other one is female. Btw, wonder what will happen if u breed a full black angel with platinum angel?? xD
If by "full black" you mean double dark, no matter what you breed it with all the offspring will be black.
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Based on these pics, I'd say the Marble is female and the Smokey is male. No guarantees but looking good. In today's Angelfish, normal sexing tools go out the window as there are many cases of fish showing opposite gender external characteristics. Once the tubes show, then you will know for sure.
Keep in mind that when you move breeding pairs around, it can take some time for them to get readjusted to the new surroundings and it doesn't always mean that they will spawn again. The best you can do is provide the best possible scenario for spawning for the fish and let nature take it's course.
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I heard giving them brine shrimps can help them get in the mood again (or other live food), is that true?? And put a few plants inside the breeding tank as well might help

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I heard giving them brine shrimps can help them get in the mood again (or other live food), is that true?? And put a few plants inside the breeding tank as well might help

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It's not doing 1 thing or another( ie adding food or plants, or a spawning site or doing water changes or providing security alone,) it's doing all those things that increases the chances they will spawn again. You can condition the pair with any kind of higher quality foods not just live. Plants are actually that last thing you want to add if you intend on removing the spawn to hatch out yourself. You keep the spawning sites to a minimum so that they hopefully choose what you have supplied and that can be easily removed from the tank. All my pairs are in bare tanks with a slate and 1 plastic plant that is of a fine leaved plant so the only place they usually spawn on is the slate which I remove. But all my breeders are up on the top rows so there is little foot traffic in front of them. THAT ( foot traffic) alone can stop a pair from spawning.
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