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Sexing The Dempsey

Discussion in 'Central and South American Cichlids' started by nano cichlids, Jul 15, 2008.

  1. nano cichlids

    nano cichlids Over ran with EBJD fry

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    ok ive often been asked at work, and online how to tell the sex of a Jack Dempsey. lets start with some basics a Jack is a lot harder to sex then most cichlids but if you know what your doing its a breeze. first you really cant tell the difference between male and female until about 5in (IMO), theres a few ways to tell the sex of your jack one way is the fins, as with most cichlids the males the Dorsal fin and Anal fin will be pointed (http://badmanstropicalfish.com/anatomy.html) the other way to tell is the amount of blue scales on the jacks gill plate, if there are a lot of blue scales and they are compact it indicates female, if there is less blue scales and they are spread out this indicates a male.

    here are some pics to help you. (these are not my fish)

    a female can you see all the blue?

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    a male notice the difference between the two?

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    I hope this answers anyones question and i hope this get stickyed :headbang2:
     
  2. jm1212

    jm1212 Pterophyllum scalare

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    males also tend to be larger as they age
     
  3. mostlycichlids

    mostlycichlids Cichlid Specialist

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    Size is a great indication the female will be more torpedo shaped and the male will be more brut and blunt (taller). My make is almost double the size of my female.
     
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    BigFishKeeper Host of Aquatic Wetline Podcast

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    Hi Kyle,
    Some good info there on JDS.
    BFK
     
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    ok so then what is this??? has characteristics of both male female splotted female face bulky big 10inches of male and spangling 5L55Kb5Mc3F93N53Hbc423d3e12b711dd1600.jpg 5Na5Kd5Fc3I63Je3Hec42d69a9e0fba5d1bdb.jpg uploadfromtaptalk1333807729282.jpg uploadfromtaptalk1333807882397.jpg uploadfromtaptalk1333807965077.jpg uploadfromtaptalk1333808192148.jpg
     

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