Juvenile Flowerhorn Sexing (with Pics)

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HI all! I’m a noob here but 20+ years experience fishkeeping both fresh and saltwater. I’m super excited about this little one I recently acquired, this morning after he had a little constitutional I happened to catch site of this and wondered if I’m looking at a nice triangular boy vent or just another scale on the analfin combined with wishful thinking lol! Was hoping for some second opinions. How I got that shot against a tiny bit of black in the background I’ll never know Thanks in advance!

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My guess is also male. No distinguishable black blotch (female trait) marking on the dorsal. Extremely well defined pointed fins, very high, sloped head. Nice FH.
 
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Thanks A2 for weighing in! He is so smart and personable already! I’m hoping to get him used to hands in the tank while he is little to avoid getting nibbled down the road. My currently unnibbled fingers are crossed for a boy, but even if female that’s ok, this one looks like potential for good color already too. I suspect zz but simply sold as a “Flowerhorn.”
 
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I'm 90% sure "male". He already looks to be developing a nuchal hump. Yes, some do bite. Post pics as he developes.
 
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Will do A2. Tell me, you have any thoughts on a proper feeding schedule for this guy? I’ve been feeding him 3 *small* meals a day, less than a min to consume: freeze dried bloodworms in the morning, spirulina-based cichlid pellets in the afternoon, shrimp or more bloodworms in evening. Doing about a 25% water change once a week seems to be holding water chemistry fine. For feeding schedule for these guys, I’ve read everything from once a day to 5 times a day on juveniles. What’s your regimen?
 
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I feed my Red Texas Cichlid, Omega One Kelp Flakes & Floating Cichlid pellets in the morning & Cichlid pellets in the
Evening. IMO, One weekly 50% WC works wonders.
Its good to feed one plant based food each day. Sounds like you are doing a great job. Lucky FH.
 
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