Tips on sexing plecos

Discussion in 'Pleco - Plecostomus' started by Chris123, Mar 19, 2010.

  1. Chris123

    Chris123 Well Known Member Member

    Any tips on sexing plecos. I have 2 long fin albino ancistros plecos.

    Any way that you can tell there male or female?

    Cheese Burger
     
  2. Shawnie

    Shawnie Fishlore Legend Member

    im pretty sure the long finned can be sexed as the regulars?
    if so, the fems will be chunky (sorry girls) with very little to no bristles..males the opposite...its like they need to shave and have six pack abs ;D
     
  3. Elodea

    Elodea Well Known Member Member

    :;laughing Yep, agree with Shawnie. Ouch! Shaving those bristles? I don't think you could have come up with a more painful idea! ;D
     




  4. Butterfly

    Butterfly Moderator Moderator Member

    Yep sex them the same way :)
    Carol
     
  5. OP
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    Chris123

    Chris123 Well Known Member Member

    What is the apropite size to sex them at?

    Anyone?
     
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  6. Shawnie

    Shawnie Fishlore Legend Member

    not sure age, because my breeders were given to me...so not sure how old they were....but by 3-4 inches , my male has some major mustache going on LOL
    got any pics?
     
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    Chris123

    Chris123 Well Known Member Member

    I have one pic but its not very good. I'll have pics later today (when there not hiding lol) though

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  8. Butterfly

    Butterfly Moderator Moderator Member

    Usually about two inches(remember not to count the fins) you can get an idea of who's who :)
    Carol
     
  9. Shawnie

    Shawnie Fishlore Legend Member

    that looks like a beautious gal to me!
     
  10. OP
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    Chris123

    Chris123 Well Known Member Member

    Thanks Shawnie

    I have another one but i can get pics really.

    I'm hoping the other ones a male though
     
  11. Shawnie

    Shawnie Fishlore Legend Member

    does he have whiskers? LOL
     
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    Chris123

    Chris123 Well Known Member Member

    He got a little mustache so far lol
     
  13. Betta Whisperer

    Betta Whisperer Well Known Member Member

    From what I've learned the male will have a red area on the head like between the eyes but back a little. Like behind the eye area. you should be able to see this on him when he's mature.
     




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