Sex of Dwarf Gouramis

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Hi guys, can someone help sex these gouramis!
I was told the blue/orange is a male and the two smaller blue ones are female but recently starting to doubt that after seeing things about the shape of their fins. I’m begging to think the larger “female” may actually be a male. The larger orange one definitely chases around the “females” but not overly to the point of stress which makes me think maybe they are both female. They all seem to live pretty harmoniously.

I have attached pictures of the “male”, the two “females” separately & the two “females” together!
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The male dwarf guramis are More red and have large, reddish stripes on their sides. The females are also a bit larger with more aqua stripes.
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For example that is most likely a female. But, I have no experience with gourami so I only know what I can find online.
 

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The male dwarf guramis are More red and have large, reddish stripes on their sides. The females are also a bit larger with more aqua stripes.
View attachment 143700 For example that is most likely a female.
I’m fairly sure that one is a male. Just an unclear, picture, he’s a better one
 

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That’s strange, how come it is much larger and bolder, brighter colours? It has always chased the other 2 small blue ones and I was told he was the male 😬
 

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In post #4. The fish on the right is Male, the fish on the left is Female. Please put some floating plants in your tank.
 
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I will get some better pictures today as my camera quality is awful and probably making this difficult! I was told that the males are much bigger and have orange stripes where as they females are smaller and plain blue, seems like I was misinformed 😬 the big blue/orange one definitely exhibits some “chasing” behaviour to the other 2 small blue ones which is what made me think they are the 2 female and he is the male! I’ll get some better pics up today
Thanks guys
 

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Female dwarfs are usually either plain silver or sometimes with a hint of stripes. But some people have reported buying more highly coloured females recently, though these are not common.
 
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Female dwarfs are usually either plain silver or sometimes with a hint of stripes. But some people have reported buying more highly coloured females recently, though these are not common.
Pictures like this are certainly making things confusing 😭😭
 

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I would have said the one that photo calls female is actually a male. But it could be a photo from a breeder who has bred the more colourful females.

If you bought yours from somewhere like Pets at Home or Maidenhead Aquatics, they would probably be the traditional pale females.

I once had a P@H worker try to tell me that a powder blue male was a 'wild' coloured female!
 

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Pictures like this are certainly making things confusing 😭😭
That picture shows a male Dwarf Gourami on the right and an Indian Gourami on the left. That’s why it’s confusing.

@Oli, Your first picture is a male Dwarf Gourami. Females of the natural form do not have red and blue stripes. Your 2nd picture is a female that looks to be in a bad way. Your last picture shows a male and female.
 

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