Help with breed and gender?

Imtyler

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Hello guys I am new to this form, I got this flowerhorn today from my Lfs. currently he is in a hospital tank treating for ich as some of the others in his tank had it. I would like help with the breed and gender of this little guy/gal. out of all the babies they had this one was the biggest and was already showing red/pink coloring on the bottom front (everyone was pretty dark due to being sick and just being shipped in) though some had a lot of pearling and I’m thinking that might have been better? All koks looks about the same as this with some maybe a little bigger than mine pictured here. I will try to update will more pictures as they gain color back if needed. Thank you in advance.
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Hello guys I am new to this form, I got this flowerhorn today from my Lfs. currently he is in a hospital tank treating for ich as some of the others in his tank had it. I would like help with the breed and gender of this little guy/gal. out of all the babies they had this one was the biggest and was already showing red/pink coloring on the bottom front (everyone was pretty dark due to being sick and just being shipped in) though some had a lot of pearling and I’m thinking that might have been better? All koks looks about the same as this with some maybe a little bigger than mine pictured here. I will try to update will more pictures as they gain color back if needed. Thank you in advance.
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Tbh no one will know the DNA of the Flowerhorn it will most likely be assumptions. You would have to track down the breeder probably a impossible task.
 
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I would assume it's a ZZ Red Dragon by the looks of it but then again it's also very stressed ATM so only time will tell once it stats showing it's colors. Also for gender we can't really make any assumptions until it's at least 4in long. Looks can be deceiving so best to just wait till it's the right size to take out and vent.

Btw when it comes to venting a fish you'll need to take it out of the water and flip it upside down. What you'll be looking for it the 2 lil holes just in front of the anal fin. The closest one to the fin is the vent and the one furthest is the anus. If the vent is the same size or smaller then the anus it's a male but if the vent is larger it's a female. Here's a pic showing what I mean with one of my old females I had.

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Imtyler

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I would assume it's a ZZ Red Dragon by the looks of it but then again it's also very stressed ATM so only time will tell once it stats showing it's colors. Also for gender we can't really make any assumptions until it's at least 4in long. Looks can be deceiving so best to just wait till it's the right size to take out and vent.

Btw when it comes to venting a fish you'll need to take it out of the water and flip it upside down. What you'll be looking for it the 2 lil holes just in front of the anal fin. The closest one to the fin is the vent and the one furthest is the anus. If the vent is the same size or smaller then the anus it's a male but if the vent is larger it's a female. Here's a pic showing what I mean with one of my old females I had.

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Thank you for the detailed reply! I just got into Flowerhorns and this is my second one but my first baby. Will definitely update with more pictures though the days.
 
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Thank you for the detailed reply! I just got into Flowerhorns and this is my second one but my first baby. Will definitely update with more pictures though the days.
They are a joy and a pain to keep lol. Some are really chill while others want nothing more then blood n carnage, so I definitely suggest investing in some decent leather gloves just to be safe.
 
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