I got my turquoise jewel cichlid back in March and have always wondered if it was male or female. I assumed female as it grew because it had a rounded belly but it ate ALOT so it just could have been fat. The last week or so the face and throat have been very bright red/orange. Today I watched as she repeatedly brushed her body over a piece of slate in the tank and dropped tiny little eggs onto it. First time I ever actually saw a fish dropping eggs. She does not have a mate so the eggs are infertile and the convicts are eating them every time she swims away. She really doesn't even seem to mind. I was amazed that I actually got to get an answer to the sex and got to watch the eggs being laid.