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PostPosted: 2003.08.31(Sun)9:08    Post subject: Male Or Female Reply with quote

How do you tell the difference between Male and felmale on the following fish

Mollies Guppies & Playt's

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PostPosted: 2003.08.31(Sun)10:11    Post subject: Reply with quote

Didn't this get answered just the other day? Anyway, check the 'Gallery' on this site (link at the very top of this page) - and select 'Molly'. The picture there is a male, 'cos of the rod-like anal fin. Females have the regular fan shape.


p.s. a lot of 'basic' questions can be answered by use of the 'search' facility in this forum, or the other sections of this excellent website...
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PostPosted: 2003.09.02(Tue)13:11    Post subject: Reply with quote

Easy for the guppies. Males are bright with fan tales with beautiful patterns. The females are grey with shorter tails... They usually have them separated at petstores so you can tell.
I like danios. I also like cichlids and shrimp and tetras and gourami and... this could go on for a while.
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PostPosted: 2003.09.02(Tue)15:06    Post subject: Reply with quote

Topic: Male Guppies

I noticed today that male guppies are seperated in fish stores, like you mentioned (JewelsRCute). Do I take it that Guppies don't have to follow the 2females to 1male ratio then ? I have Platys (also livebearers), and the males fight. So why is it the male guppies don't fight? or do they?

I am setting up a colourful tank for my bedroom, which is going to consist of 6-10 sparkling beautiful yellow male guppies, and a neon blue dwarf Gourami. But I am holding off getting the fish until I find out if the male's will fight. I have asked my store, but I don't really take their advice anymore.
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PostPosted: 2003.09.02(Tue)16:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

easy.... in all male livebearers the anal fin is 'rod' shaped and called a gonopodium, guppy males are for the most part more colorful and smaller then the females.

In all female livebearers the anal fin is fan shaped, color is more drab, and in some cases, you can see a 'gravid' spot (where the fry evolve before being push out into the world Laughing )
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PostPosted: 2003.09.02(Tue)17:03    Post subject: Reply with quote

Barney, a tank full of all male guppies can be very pretty: but the males will be very stressed, unhappy and will probably nip at each others beautiful tails.
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