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Is my JD male or female?

Postby Hammerstix » Sat Feb 25, 2012 9:51 am

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Postby Hammerstix » Sat Feb 25, 2012 10:54 am

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Postby cage623 » Sat Feb 25, 2012 11:12 am

I would say it is a female, based on the blue in the gill plate. But it also seems to have more overall spangling on the body that is not common with female JD'S. But I would still go with female. How large is she and how long have you had her? She looks great.

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Postby Hammerstix » Sat Feb 25, 2012 11:25 am

Thanks! I have had her for 4 years. She is 6 1/2". I'm really surprised to learn he is a she! Are females typically more docile than males?
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Postby oldcatfish » Sun Feb 26, 2012 9:50 am

I have a female JD that looks very similar to yours. They are line bred to have more coloration...and I think that it's a big improvement over the typical female. And yes, in general, the females are more mellow than males.
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Postby Riceburner » Sun Feb 26, 2012 6:04 pm

at that age and size, I'd vote female as well. She's big enough to vent easily. Try it.
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Postby jason_nj » Mon Feb 27, 2012 11:41 pm

With all the blue on the gill plate, females. Also with age, I noticed my females JD color up on their bodies and its rare to see blue smudges like that on the lower gill plate on males.
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Postby Hammerstix » Sun Mar 25, 2012 8:02 pm

Ok, so the consensus is female based in gill plate color.

What about the pointed dorsal fin?
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Postby Riceburner » Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:30 pm

don't worry about the fins
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Postby bluejack23 » Thu Apr 05, 2012 10:27 am

I agree with the smudging on the gill plate to a female trait but the only sure way to know is to try to get a look at her egg tube. Its simple from there
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