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How to affect the sex of discus fish - pets


One of the largest ask asked of the discus breeder is "how do I agree on the sex of my fish?" There are very few easy individual identifiers in this process. Here, we will converse the methods used by some of the top breeders.

In juvenile fish, formative sex is about impossible. It is only when they begin to pair off that an opening arises to help in the determination of sex. Juvenile fish, both male and female, have a rounded dorsal fin, and it is not until they begin to mature that a alteration can be detected. As it is never wise to excessively alias the fish, close celebration is in order to aid the breeder.

In Allnut Enterprises' King Discus Hatchery, for example, it is an easy deal with to ascertain who is who, as we have pragmatic these fish for a while, and can ascertain the sex of the pairs we own. This would be true in any hatchery. But to the amateur or casual observer, this would not be easy to do.

Some of the identifiers: The male will have thicker lips to aid him in his fight to care for the female, and will be more aggressive. He will be bigger than the female, his temple is thicker, and we have experiential that if the discus are a bit shy, the male will have a affinity to stay concerning the female and the observer.

The dorsal fin of the male will be pointed, and the female's dorsal fin will be rounded. Note that in juvenile discus, this is not apparent.

The breeding tube of the female, concerning the anus and anal fin, is broader and rounder than the male, and will have a blunt tip. The male, in turn, has a smaller, sharper breeding tube. Be aware that this is only evident all through spawning, and must be carefully observed.

It has been said that the male discus fish will tend to have a less intense color and more blueprint while the female tends to be more bright but with less significant pattern. I disagree, since too many variables are in place here, such as the healthiness of the discus, the water parameters, and feeding pattern.

In an attractive clause by Jeff Richard, he discusses an clause from Diskus Brief, a German publication, which intelligence a very lucrative way of ascertain sex of a discus by using clear-cut geometry. Jeff reports, and I quote: "Picture a discus facing to your left . . . you would be looking at its side. Find the Dorsal (Top) and Anal (bottom) fins and look where the fins slope down for the Caudal (tail) fin . . . make sure you're looking at the fins after they have bent back for the tail. The Dorsal and Anal Fins develop into (almost) above-board after the fins curve down (or up) concerning the Caudal Fin . . . broaden an imaginary line along this arranged divide up of the 2 fins back concerning the tail which just touches the Dorsal & Anal Fins past the Caudal Fin. These two imaginary lines be supposed to crisscross after the fish. The key to sexing the fish is where the lines cross the Caudal fin. If they pass because of the Caudal Fin, the fish is most possible a FEMALE. If they miss or just touch the Caudal Fin, then most expected it is a MALE. " Thanks, Jeff!

Sexing Discus is arduous at best. The easiest way to do so is to raise a group of at least six to eight discus, and allow them to pair off when ready. It is a charming sight to see this happen, and makes the hobby well worthwhile.

Alden Smith is a in print author, and has been marketing on the internet for 7 years. His website, King Discus, is an dynamic gathering place for discus breeders and lovers of discus fish.

His wife Betsy is the commissioner of All The Best Recipes a site rich in online recipes and cookbooks.


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