Males or Females? Fish: A Fish: B Thanks a Lot! Dan
Are you sure those are Rams? Couldn't find your gallery sorry. Carol
Yeah Bolivian Rams? Lol I hope! haha
Here is a guide on sexing Bolivians. Hope it helps. https://www.fishlore.com/fishforum/ram-cichlid/34600-sexing-bolivian-rams.html Carol
The pictures that will help the most for sexing are side shots with a clear view of the area between the pectoral and anal fins, ideally against something that will contrast with the body color of the fish, like your plants or large rocks, rather than the black and white gravel. Given that, I can't tell from the picture posted in the thread, nor from most of the pictures in your album. The few that did have clues (all based on ventral differences) are pictures DSC01211, DSC01212, and DSC01213, all of which appear to be male.
Fish 1: Fish 2: Fish 1 & 2: Thanks - Hope that helps.
Thanks for chiming in Mathas. I'm hopeless with Bolivians. Carol
#1 is a male. #2 looks female in those shots, but I'm not certain since the pectoral fins are folded back and blocking the breeding tube. But the general "look" (which is really unscientific ) and the way his/her body tapers upwards toward the anal fin makes me think female.
Wahooo I hope lol/ Cheers mathas
I agree with Mathas, male and female
Bolivian Ram's: Please Sex [NEW PICS] Fish: A Fish: B Thanks a Lot! Dan
Hi venom ive combined your new pics with your original post
From the pics, they look like two females to me. I'm hoping Mathas sees this post. He's really good at sexing bolivians and can probably give you a more accurate answer than I can.
Cheers shawnie; was just about to message you regarding this!
Fish A: I'm still unsure... everything gives me the feeling of female except the vent, which looks female in some pictures and kind of male in others It's either a young female or a non-dominant male, but I'm leaning towards female. Fish B: Male.
Mathas your a charm! Fish A: Is the control master always chasing fish B around and ramming. Fish B backs away to fish A. Does this help? It feels like algebra using letters haha. Cheers, Dan
That makes me lean much more heavily towards A being female, but the only 110% sure way to know it's a female is to watch her lay eggs.
Thanks mathas I really respect your help! I was thinking they were two males due to the ramming. but I suppose it's obvious they'll ram- the name kinda gives it away haha. How often do they lay eggs and when do they do this? (when comfortable etc) Cheers Mathas
They can lay eggs every 3 weeks, but mine are typically every 4-5. For an in-depth description, cichlid-forum has a great guide: http://cichlid-forum.com/articles/breed_micro_altispinosa_pt1.php