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Male or female ram

Julian D

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13 hours ago, Julian D said:




This is hard to determine. I've been seeing this color morph more and more. There is a fair bit of cross-breeding among Rams. They are sometimes bred and kept without clear reference to sex and care. Often they're are sold by indiscriminate net-fulls to stores.

If the belly turns more pink, of course it's a female. A darker orange face sometimes indicates a male. The front of the dorsal fin can be helpful -- males are often longer. The black side spot is usually very dark on males, with no colored scales in; whereas the females often have colored (jeweled) scales in the black spot. This still looks to be a young fish, to my eye. Maybe things will become more clear with time?

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