Sexing mbuna (red zebras)

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Sexing mbuna (red zebras)

Post by bulldogg7 on Sat Nov 21, 2009 9:48 am

These are the redXred variants, in some subspecies the males are blue(that'd take all the fun out of sexing them)

The female is on top
male on the bottom, he is a lighter color, and the head is wider, but I have a female with a big head also.


Here's the male, notice the lower half is lighter, actually has a blue tint to it, I have a female with the exact head shape.

The vent is pretty close to the same size as the anus, this is the most accurate way to tell.


Here's the female

and her vent, sorry the pic didn't come out as clear, it's dark and hard to focus. But you can see how the vent is at least twice the size of the anus.


Another of my female's



And "Bertha" the one with the big head



EGGSPOTS?:
This is a female, egg spots don't always mean a male.

my male, the blue is noticeable here
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Re: Sexing mbuna (red zebras)

Post by preacherboy on Fri Nov 27, 2009 5:56 pm

I have a question for you Bulldog:
I have a "peach" colored Red Zebra just like
the last pic you posted.

Do the females every color up like the
peach colored male?
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Re: Sexing mbuna (red zebras)

Post by bulldogg7 on Fri Nov 27, 2009 6:00 pm

Not positive, but I've always heard that only the males have that color.

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Re: Sexing mbuna (red zebras)

Post by preacherboy on Fri Nov 27, 2009 8:43 pm

Thanks bulldog!
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Re: Sexing mbuna (red zebras)

Post by Emma on Sat Nov 28, 2009 11:22 am

I didnt know my red zebra was a female till I found her holding eggs a few days ago!
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Re: Sexing mbuna (red zebras)

Post by cichlidman on Sun Nov 29, 2009 4:27 am

Thanks for the valuable info.

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