Angelfish Pairing Question

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My Angelfish babies (or should I call them adolescents now, lol) are about 5 months old and are quite large! I am wondering: when do angels start pairing off? Because I am not seeing any pairing off behavior so far ... and they're not getting any smaller ... and my 30 gallon tank isn't getting any bigger either, lol.
 
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OK, thanks. Well, I think it's time anyway to give 5 of them away I'll be left with 6 for now.
 

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I know it's hard to give them away A breeder friend of mine says you can look at their heads and tell which is male and female( I still don't see it ) The male supposedly has a little bit of a hump .
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J-Man, some of my angles are bigger than a quarter in body size (without fins) and they're approximately 5 months old. I suppose they'll be a bit larger in a month or two. But I think it really depends on the individual batch and how well one takes care of the fish, and also on the tank size (too small a tank may cause stunted growth). Which is why I will be giving half of them away - time for them to get more space and hopefully some decent homes (I hate the fact that I won't know who bought them - I am afraid it will most likely be beginners who don't even know about the cycle and as a result will kill my babies - whom I've been raising and caring for, for so long ).

Carol, really? I'll observe my babies for any "humps" lol and will leave 3 with and 3 without the humps.

P.S. J-Man, I believe the size of angels also depends on the variety of angels.
 
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I'm not saying I don't believe Carol, lol. It's actually interesting and could be VERY helpful if we could recognize male and female angels by their body shapes, or ... humps ;D
 
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I checked my angelfish pair today and ... lol, I think the male indeed has what appears to be a "hump" above his head and a little to the back (between the head and where the dorsal fin begins). I have also read somewhere that male angels have more pointed heads, while females have round bodies. My female angel has a round body indeed when compared to the male. Until angels pair off and start mating, I suppose this is the best one can do to try and determine which is which.
 

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Yep thats the sure way but you know me always looking for an easier way LOL
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LOL, yes, but I can't keep all 11 until they're 6-8 months old! So it seems I'll have to use the alternative method of "humps" and "body shapes". LOL ;D
 
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