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I’ve had a pair of firemouths for about a month now and I’m not sure if hey are males or females, over the past few days I have noticed their colours brighten up and they have started going side by side and flaring up and swimming in a circle together, they don’t go to attack eachother though, is this a sign it’s a male and female getting ready to lay eggs or is it just normal Firemouth behaviour. Thanks
 

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Could be breeding signs or it could be two males displaying to each other. Could you post pictures?
 

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Possible photos of the fish?
Sounds like male and female trying to pair off or two males displaying to each other like @Wills said.
Nice to see you again :)
 

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Seems like they are pairing. As far as I'm concerned, it is hard to sex fire mouths. The males are bigger though, so if one is out-growing the other, the bigger is the male.
 

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That first picture is great! Really shows how the defense mechanism works!

I think you have a male and a female, you can see that one of them has points to the dorsal, anal and caudial fins and the other does not. The presumed female is looking a bit nipped which if they are displaying is normal but I dont think it changes the over all shape of the fins.

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Thankyou for the advice, also on the sizes of the firemouths I am not sure on the ages of them both but I believe they are both young, one Firemouth is quite a bit bigger than the other but not sure if it’s because one is older.
 

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Thankyou for the advice, also on the sizes of the firemouths I am not sure on the ages of them both but I believe they are both young, one Firemouth is quite a bit bigger than the other but not sure if it’s because one is older.
Male and female then
 

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