Sexing dragon blood

Bridget1010

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Hi guys i have 2 dragon blood fish, i was told it was a male and female pair at a pet shop..

One fish keeps aggressively chasing the other into the cormer of the tank it will now let it out .. this is the angry one that we were told was a male who is doing the chasing..


And this is the one hiding that we were told was a female..



I noticed about a week afterwe got them home they were doing a weird dance around eachother in circles.. now one wont let the other do anything in the tank..
 
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Bridget1010

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Bridget1010

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Islandvic

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You will have to net both fish and post pic of their underside.

That will help sex the fish.

The weird tail shaking is either a territorially thing, or a mating deal.
 

A201

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IMO, you have a mated pair. The male has the pointed analfin w/ egg spots. The female has a rounded analfin & no egg spots.
 
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Bridget1010

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I will need my partners help to get the underside photo of them he is at work i couldnt do it alone i am scared i will hurt them lol
 
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Bridget1010

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A201 said:
IMO, you have a mated pair. The male has the pointed analfin w/ egg spots. The female has a rounded analfin & no egg spots.
Do they usually chase their mates into a corner and not let them go out?
 
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Bridget1010

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this is where this one stays all day if it leaves it gets chased straight back tp where it was
 

A201

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Love can be bretty rough in the African Cichlid world.
Unmistakable mating behavior was captured on your video.
 
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Bridget1010

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Thank you for that should i just let them be and see what happens in the future
 

A201

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One of the major components in successfully keeping African Cichlids is to sensibility over stock the tank. Doing so will dilute the aggression, making things easier on an individual fish.
Here's a pic of my over crowded tank at feeding time.
 
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Bridget1010

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Wow what a beautiful tank i am so jealous mine looks like somthing a kid would do lol so i need a few more fish to fill it up a bit more
 

A201

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Your tank looks good & looks like you have plenty of fish. I have approx
40 Cichlids in my 120 gal.
 

chromedome52

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Dragon's Blood is a hybrid Peacock with Mbuna genes, and they tend to have more of the Mbuna aggression than other Peacocks. However, standard recommendation for any Malawi Cichlid is one male to three females to control aggression. With only one female to pursue for breeding, he can get too aggressive with her.
 

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