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Shubunkin Genders ?

Discussion in 'Coldwater Fish and Ponds' started by theofficialjames, Aug 6, 2010.

  1. theofficialjames

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    Hello,
    I am new to keeping fish and I have a few questions relating to shubunkin.

    firstly how to I give them genders ?

    secoundly how would i tell if there pregant ?

    thanks
     
  2. dipsydoodlenoodle

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    Firstly you don't give them genders :p. They are hard to sex; I did find a site on how to do it; I'll try and find it.

    They don't get pregnant either; they are egg layers.
     
  3. theofficialjames

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    OOooo okay
    and soo do i need a breeding cave ?
     
  4. Curiosity101

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    I think with goldfish the only way to sex them is to wait until they're breeding and the males develop little bump/spots on their gills.

    And no you don't need anything for them to breed on/in. They scatter there eggs on the floor and plants. And often if you don't remove the parents very soon after spawning (or put ALOT of plants in) they will eat all the eggs before they have a chance to hatch.

    Where are you keeping them? They rarely spawn in indoor tanks as often they don't have enough room.

    Here is a picture guide to sexing...
    http://www.bristol-aquarists.org.uk/goldfish/info/sexing-fs.htm
     
  5. dipsydoodlenoodle

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    I can't see the picture that curiosity posted. As was said males get bumps on their gills. Females get plumper around breading season (although I've never noticed it in mine).

    If you look at their little bums (where they poo out of); if it looks hollow it's a male; if it sticks out a little (a small bump) it's a female (or so I read online and I tried to check it out with my fish and I think it's right).
     
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    It's not a picture... it's a picture guide. Ie. a web page with pictures.
     
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    Well it's that I can't see; blocked at work!
     
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    Ahhh I see. One sec I'll get a few examples from it.
    Male tubercules
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    Female vent
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    male vent
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