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Need Help Sexing Subadult Pearl Gourami

Alexandriel

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Hello! I'm looking for some help identifying the gender of my new pearl gourami. For the sake of easy writing, I'll refer to it as a him for now. He is 2 1/2 inches long currently, and very sociable. He gets along well with the Cochu's and black phantom tetras in the tank. I have not noticed any chasing behavior, but he is determined to uproot every stem of hornwort in the tank and cause it to float :p I can't tell if he's trying to build a nest or not, but he also likes to carry bits of moss around the tank when he thinks I'm not looking! I haven't noticed any other behaviors that might help to identify him, but here are some pictures :)



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I would say male.

Females have shorter more rounded dorsal (top) fins and a shorter anal (bottom) fin.

The male has a longer more pointed dorsal and anal fin, and gets filaments on the end of the anal fin.
 
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Thank you! I'm excited to watch him color up more as he grows. I love the deep throat color that the males develop, so that's definitely great news! He's already become much more blue in the weeks since I first got him.
 
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