Ways of identifying a Male and Female Cichlid

The most common problems from a beginner cichlid hobbyist is identifying if there cichlids is male or female. It is difficult or even impossible to identify the gender of non breeding individuals. As a fish lover, we would like to know if our cichlid is male or female but it is not easily to differentiate but there few things that you can apply. These are various ways on identifying if your cichlid is a male or female. Identify the gender of a fish are more likely to be able to multiply your cichlids. But if you consider to breed your cichlids, it is more better to search more before seeking a breeding pair. Cichlid are belong to a diverse group, that would take a small novel to give a specific gender of a species.

Males are slimmer, but they are more larger than the females. But there are females that are larger than the male so the size is not indicator. Females are also rounder and belly is more emphasize. Males are more vibrantly colored. The convict cichlids have orange on the belly and males lack the orange. Females changes their color particularly during the breeding cycle. The dorsal and fins of the female is more flowing than the male which are pointed and larger. There are species that the display egg shaped of the female are marking at the anal fin. Some males have a bump on the head that we called a nuchal hump. But in aquaria, females can get also humps so the presence of the humps is not also the indicator of your cichlid is male or female.

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  1. I’m a Fish pathologist. My last Published discovery of the causative agent led to an “all paid for”, invitation to what was then W.Germany, by a group of Brilliant German scientists. This was organized by Dr. Eduard Schmidt-Focke. His very kind wife, Annaliese also became a very close friend. Eduard truly became like an adopted father. Hopefully soon, I’ll write a nearly full account of this exiting adventure for a “fish-hobbyist” magazine. The aforementioned discovery had to do with a devastating Discus Diseases. An international article was published in the science section of these newspapers, including the Oregonian newspaper. FAMA published a scientific version of this lucky discovery ???? as well. However, for the benefit of the majority, I kept it as simple as possible. Mr. Don Dewey, who was the publisher, asked me to consider becoming a fish pathology/science contributing editor as well as a “permanent” columnist, both of which I accepted. My column was called Simply Fish Health. When I quit writing my very popular column, that was the reason behind the discontinuation of FAMA magazine being carried by the biggest “One Stop” Shopping Center chain in Oregon. Incidentally, they had never carried a fish hobby magazine ever before! Their shopping centers included department from large Pharmacies to Precious Jewelry departments, banks, optometry offices, & of course, all other basics (i.e. groceries, deli, sporting goods, etc.). Sorry for getting carried away. Even though I am a Discus enthusiasts, I just remembered a species of African Cichlids which are very intense METALLIC Blue (and not the darkest blue)with no other color as I recall. I would really like to find out what its species name is, to be able to buy about a half dozen of them or so, and try my hand at breeding them. Honestly, I find them to be the most striking, although they are nearly all beautiful fishes. Perhaps by helping me solve this riddle I can contribute some interesting articles -not only about diseases. Tank you and My Best Regards, EMRAN P.

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