Ram Sexing

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have 1 german blue and one gold ram and they have had some weird spawning behaviour chasing,digging alot of flairing as i always thought they were both males but they seem to be always side by side? But the gold ram seems to be the more active of the chasing and digging any help to explain this will be greatly appreciated.
 

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How big are they?

Judging by the dorsal fins, the gold one looks female, and the blue one is hard to tell - could be a young male or a female.
 

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The GBR is a male since there's no Pink/Purple belly plus the shape of the body is skinnier/longer. Females would tend to have rounder body.
 

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GBR looks like a male and the gold is definitely female. A male's fins are longer and pointier.
 
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Ddelpinal said:
GBR looks like a male and the gold is definitely female. A male's fins are longer and pointier.
Thank you very much, i really appreciate the quick reply!

Ryan P said:
The GBR is a male since there's no Pink/Purple belly plus the shape of the body is skinnier/longer. Females would tend to have rounder body.
Thank you!

TexasDomer said:
How big are they?

Judging by the dorsal fins, the gold one looks female, and the blue one is hard to tell - could be a young male or a female.
Thank you and they are about almost 3"
 

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Hmm, now that pic makes the gold one seem like a male too - look at the elongated dorsal ray.
 

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Unless there's a pink belly, or the fish is full grown, I tend to go by the pelvic fins. In males, they reach well beyond the start of the analfin, in females, they reach just to the start of the analfin.
I have a female (she's old enough to lay eggs, and has done so) that has a really strong dorsal fin spike, while my slightly larger male is only barely starting to have/show his.
So the newbie in the group (that would be me ) thinks the gbr is male, and the gold is female.
 

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Even some males can have a pink belly, and females can lack it at some points in time, so that itself isn't a reliable trait to use alone.
 

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I'm leaning towards female for the Gold and definitely male for the GBR.

The pink belly is usually unmistakable by 2" but not sure on Gold Rams. The shorter fins (dorsal and pelvic) along with spangles going the full length of the body has me thinking it's female. The GBR doesn't have spangles on his black spot and no pink on his belly so definitely male.
 

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DarkOne said:
I'm leaning towards female for the Gold and definitely male for the GBR.

The pink belly is usually unmistakable by 2" but not sure on Gold Rams. The shorter fins (dorsal and pelvic) along with spangles going the full length of the body has me thinking it's female. The GBR doesn't have spangles on his black spot and no pink on his belly so definitely male.
Golds display the pink belly too.
 

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The blue Ram is definitely a male. The Gold, Im honestly not quite sure, though I’m thinking female. Here’s my male.
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your fish are very healthy looking though!
 
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AquaticJ said:
The blue Ram is definitely a male. The Gold, Im honestly not quite sure, though I’m thinking female. Here’s my male. View attachment 435214 your fish are very healthy looking though!
Thank you and yours looks awesome as well, i just dont know the gold is acting very much like a female right now lol so the majority here is saying female so maby just wait and see if eggs appear lol
 

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My fallback on sexing pretty much any New World Cichlid is the abdominal profile. The gold shows no color markings to indicate female, the third dorsal ray is extended, and it has a slightly concave belly, which, if it were female, would tell me that it's never going to spawn anyway. But, I think it is a male, as is the regular Ram.
 
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