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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.
Sexing mbuna (red zebras) DSCF1004-22

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.
Sexing mbuna (red zebras) Male
The vent is pretty close to the same size as the anus, this is the most accurate way to tell.
Sexing mbuna (red zebras) Malevent

Here's the female
Sexing mbuna (red zebras) 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.
Sexing mbuna (red zebras) Femalevent

Another of my female's
Sexing mbuna (red zebras) DSCF1006-22
Sexing mbuna (red zebras) DSCF1007-11

And "Bertha" the one with the big head
Sexing mbuna (red zebras) DSCF1009-15
Sexing mbuna (red zebras) DSCF1013-11

EGGSPOTS?:
This is a female, egg spots don't always mean a male.
Sexing mbuna (red zebras) DSF0022
my male, the blue is noticeable here
Sexing mbuna (red zebras) DSCF1008-12
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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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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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Post by preacherboy on Fri Nov 27, 2009 8:43 pm

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

Thanks for the valuable info.

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