Help Sexing New Bolivian Rams? Question

Discussion in 'Ram Cichlid' started by FreshFishes, Jun 19, 2018.

  1. FreshFishes

    FreshFishesValued MemberMember

    Hi Fishlore, I just purchased a pair of Bolivian Rams after the death of my final Gourami (her name was Genevieve :’( ) on the recommendation of a friend who owns cichlids. They’re still getting settled in, and were sold to me as two females. They are very friendly with each other, and I’ve noticed that they’ll be suspended in the water next to/nearly touching each other, play and chase each other, and gain interest in specific objects as a pair. I’m inexperienced in sexing rams, and would like some more experienced insight. The first two images are one of the rams, and the last two pictures are the other. Sorry about the poor camera quality/blurriness. If you have any names, recommendations would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.

    First Fish:

    Second fish:
  2. Discus-Tang

    Discus-TangWell Known MemberMember

  3. AquaticJ

    AquaticJFishlore VIPMember

    Can’t see any pronounced breeding tubes. If you could snag some pictures of those that’d be super helpful. It should be right in between the pelvic and anal fins. :)
  4. OP

    FreshFishesValued MemberMember

    Ok, so I tried for about 30 minutes to get a picture of the breeding tubes, but these little buggers refused to sit still! From what I can see, they both may have pronounced tubes which I think means they could be female? I really have no idea. If only I could tell them to stay! Below are the best that I could capture.

    1st fish:

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    2nd fish:

    Last edited: Jun 20, 2018
  5. AquaticJ

    AquaticJFishlore VIPMember

    2 males! Usually not much aggression unless males outnumber females, but you have no females. Notice how both of them have a pointed tube that tapers backwards.
  6. King o´ Angelfish

    King o´ AngelfishWell Known MemberMember

    Awesome! That means mine is a male too! Males still mean more color with BRs right?
  7. AquaticJ

    AquaticJFishlore VIPMember

    Typically, yes. Although, you gotta remember that a lot of places breed fish to be colorful and have long fins. That’s why with Rams (especially Mikrogeophagus Ramirezi, or Blue Ram), the only way to know for sure is the breeding tube. Luckily with Bolivian Rams, you can see the breeding tubes at a very young age.

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