Male or Female?

  1. s

    shaymac Initiate Member


    I have never kept this breed before...Yellow Lab, I think?.. Is it a male? From what I'm reading, it's hard to tell.

    Sorry for the pics, blinds were open and my phones flash was on. Hard to keep the bugger still for a photo.



    Thanks for your time, and help.

  2. Salazar

    Salazar Member Member

    eee.jpg i think yours is a male, and if you can check to see if it has a blue tint above its jaw, and a small hump on its forehead. if it has these, it is a male. it is very hard to tell, and if you can look at its underside and compare to a female, the males have a smaller vent. yours could be female if it has none of those tings. the best way is to compare with a female. hope the picture helps!

  3. RogueAgent94

    RogueAgent94 Fishlore Legend Member


    That's not a yellow lab, sorry. It's a Red Zebra (Metriaclima estherae). And it is a male. You can tell by the egg spots on the anal fin ;).
  4. Wendy Lubianetsky

    Wendy Lubianetsky Well Known Member Member

    Red Zebra

    :;sh Good Call! It is definately a Red Zebra. I have 4 or 5 Red Zebras, but they have never spawned. From what I have read, Red Zebra males have 4 or more egg spots on the dorsal fin and that leaves the females with 3 or less.
  5. OP

    shaymac Initiate Member

    Thanks for the fast reply guys!

    When I was reading up on care, all the pictures seemed off to me. This explains a lot...LOL! Now I'll go and research the correct fish.

    Thanks again everyone.
  6. Wendy Lubianetsky

    Wendy Lubianetsky Well Known Member Member

    :;hf By the way, welcome to Fishlore.
  7. RogueAgent94

    RogueAgent94 Fishlore Legend Member

    Wendy, your red zebra females had egg spots? None of mine did.
  8. Akari_32

    Akari_32 Fishlore Legend Member

    I've heard of them having egg spots...
  9. Shawnie

    Shawnie Fishlore Legend Member

    welcome to fishlore!!!
    Ive never been able to sex them with the egg spots...Both female and male have had the same amount and different amounts. Venting was my only sure way and I hated doing that LOL
  10. RogueAgent94

    RogueAgent94 Fishlore Legend Member

    Mine must have been really weird then! Because out of all my African cichlids all my females have not had any egg spots.
  11. OP

    shaymac Initiate Member

    For sure hard, if not impossible to tell. Some would say; three spots or less is female. Mine has three, and many above. Just confusing!