Male or female angelfish?

Discussion in 'More Freshwater Aquarium Topics' started by Leigh82, Aug 6, 2015.

  1. Leigh82New MemberMember


    I wondered if you guys could help tell the sex of my angelfish please. I know I have a female in the tank already as she is getting ready to lay eggs I think, is this one a male?

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  2. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Angels are notoriously hard to sex, and the only sure way to tell is to look at their breeding tubes when they have them extended (usually only around breeding time).

  3. Leigh82New MemberMember

    I have looked at tips online to tell them apart, there is no breeding tube on this one as far as I can see. My other one has a pink tube protruding and is currently rubbing her belly up against a large leaf so I'm guessing she is female and getting ready to lay eggs?

  4. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    They all have breeding tubes, but when unextended they're inside the body.

    What does the tube look like? Sounds like she's female. You'll have to wait until the other extends his/her tube to sex them. It's possible you have two females, as they can spawn without a male (though obviously all eggs will be infertile).
  5. Leigh82New MemberMember

    Thanks, this is a pic just as she (I think its a she) was about to rub against the leaf. The other one is not going near the leaf at all just now and can't see any tube they are both scaring the harlequins away if they go near it tho

    If she is a she and going to lay how long does the rubbing against the leaf last before eggs are laid?
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  6. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Looks like a female to me! Males have thin, pointy tubes.

    If she is going to lay eggs, it should be within the next few hours to a few days.
  7. Leigh82New MemberMember

    She's laying eggs! Yay :)

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  8. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Congrats :) Let us know if they're fertilized by the other!
  9. Leigh82New MemberMember

    Well that was an eventful evening, once the eggs were laid it looked like the two angels were fighting at first, then chasing each other and locking lips while both vigorously shaking.....they then both together ate all the eggs!

    The one in my first picture is now chasing the female around the tank and she is now hiding at the back of the tank
  10. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    You may have two females then. It's not uncommon for them to eat their eggs the first few cycles. They're obviously not worth pulling if the unknown angel isn't fertilizing them (due to her being a female or due to him not fertilizing the eggs - depending on what sex it is!).
  11. Leigh82New MemberMember

    Well I hope they start to get along again the one that laid the eggs seems scared of the other at the moment...

    Will be interesting to see what happens in the next few weeks if they lay again it not. Thanks :)
  12. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Keep us updated :)
  13. AmazonPassionModeratorModerator Member

    They will continue to lay eggs :p
  14. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    Welcome to fishlore!
    I hope you enjoy the forum.
  15. Leigh82New MemberMember

    Thanks will keep you updated!

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