Hi guys. Im having trouble telling if my parrot fish is male or female. Its a good 4 inches long, by about an inch wide across the fattest part of the belly.
Presuming you mean the hybrid Blood Parrot Cichlid, they are one of the tricker fish to sex and it will be impossible to sex juveniles. Larger males should have longer and more pointed fins, specifically anal and dorsal fins, while female's fins should be shorter and more rounded. Subtle differences though
This can be a difficult fish to sex. All males have pointed dorsal and anal fins, but fin shape is still not an absolutly distiguishing feature. This is because some females also have pointed dorsal and anal fins. However, not all females have pointed dorsal fins, some have the classic rounded fins. So, it is easy to find a female, as they are the only fish that will have rounded fins, but it is not so easy to find a male. The only time when it is really very easy to pick out a male is when they are in their spawning colors. At this time they will have a more pink coloration on their throats and behind their gills.
Long, pointy fins doesn't really make a difference in parrot gender. Females and males are virtually indistinguishable. The only sure fire way, is to have a group of them and see who lays eggs. I have heard that even venting isn't accurate unless, once again you have a pair that is preparing to spawn. Sorry!
I cant tell the difference of my parrot fish. I dont know if they are the same sex or not
Hi Linda! Although this is an old thread (see upper right hand corner) it is an often asked question so I will answer on here. As juveniles it is truly impossible for the home aquarist to distinguish sex of their Parrot. Even venting is a very tricky judgment call and can be inaccurate. For the most part you will need to wait until the Parrots reach the age of spawn and watch for the egg chute to appear on the "belly" side of the female. It is very frustrating but something that we accept when owning these creatures! I will be happy to assist you further on this topic but please open a new post of your own as this is a very old thread okay?