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How to tell which one is a female or a male?

Discussion in 'New to the Hobby Questions and Answers' started by Catherine1994, Nov 8, 2019 at 10:32 AM.

  1. Catherine1994

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    i'm new to having fish (Please excuse my english I normaly speak french). 2 of my gouramis are making a bubble nest.. and I was wondering what should I do about that.. I have 3 gouramis. The only one not making a nest is a dwarf (blue) and he couldnt care less about the two other lol. My question is, how can I tell which one is a female and which one is a male...?

    here's my 3 gouramis 73292151_547431792700259_4849671333119787008_n.jpg 74441888_262389988027338_6085511368969027584_n.jpg 73495279_658175868042206_4214144369495638016_n.jpg
     
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    Can any gouramis members answer this one?
     
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    The red one and the striped one are both males. Females are never that colourful.

    I think the plain blue one might also be a male, the powder blue colour variant. While it's fins are not as long as the other two, they have been bitten so could be longer than in the photo if they were whole.
    However, it could also be a colourful female. While dwarf gourami females are usually plain silver, some have been bred to have light blue colouration. The pale blue one also looks thinner than I would expect a female to be.



    But dwarf gourami males can be nasty to each other and to females. If a male wants to breed but a female is not ready he can damage her quite a lot. The bitten fins of the plain blue one do suggest nipping by one or both the other two.
     
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    Thank you!!! Thats very helpful. So I might go check for a female at the store. I have to chose the less colorful one if I understand haha (sorry for my english).
     
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    Yes, females are usually silver.

    But having 1 female with 2 or maybe 3 males is bad. There should always be more females than males because all the males will try to breed with her and probably kill her from stress.
    More than 1 male in a tank is also bad unless the tank is very big because male gouramis will fight over territory.
     
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