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How can I distinguish between male and female Frontosa ?

Discussion in 'African Rift Lake Cichlids' started by RedWild, Mar 7, 2007.

  1. RedWild

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    Dear Community !
    I am planning to buy 4 Frontosa. I saw in a local fish shop today has a batch of them , 1 to 2 inches, around hundreds of them in a tank. But the thing is I want to buy 2 pairs ( 2 males and 2 females ), but I am new to this kind of fish so I have no idea how to regconize which one is a male or which one is a female, since they're small too.

    Or I just have to pray for luck and randomly pick the fish ?

    Thanks alots for ur helps.
     
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    At that size you'll just have to hope that your lucky. When they get bigger males tend to get bigger humps on their head but i've got a 10inch female with a bumpon here head thats just as big as full gorwn male. The only sure way is to vent them.
     
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    i bought 7 fronts 5 months ago. i have two that are much bigger than the rest. it's safe to assume those are males. if you get four, you have a good chance of have at least one male or one female.
     
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    Fronts are accurately sexed by 'venting' to check the size of the reproductive organs. However, even experienced breeders have a difficult time venting specimens under 4 inches.
     
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    also, I have heard or been told that fronts breed best in colonies. 2 males to 4-6 females. Just what I have seen. I have seen single pairs, but never actually seen those spawn.
     
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    That's right. Even the fish shop owner told me he couldn't identify which one is male or female by that size.
    Anway, thanks alot for all your guys helps, great community. ;)
     
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    Here's a comparative pic. However, my experiences in venting have shown the differences to be much more subtle in pre-spawned adults.

    venting fronts.jpg
     
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    awesome, thanks alot.
     

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