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I have a pair of bolivian rams that I just purchased two days ago. This morning I woke up and they were fighting. I have a malawi tank and have seen this many times, I am just wondering if this is a sure way to tell they are both male? Thanks -
 

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They certainly do..I have observed female cichlids lock jaws and with ferocity!! I had a couple of 2-3" female Haps. which would not only lock lips-but would face off from a distance of appx. 2"and then full speed ....SLAM.....into each other-lock-wrestle-back-off and do this repeatedly for several times. Never saw that before.... :lol: ...!!!
 

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I have never tried to vent my fish, and my mbuna's are yellow labs, acei, rusties, and demasoni so they are not the easiest fish to sex. I have been wondering if all of the lip biting is male dominance or if felmales do it too.

Thanks for the info guys! :thumb:
 

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They could be female. I kept two Bolivian Rams together for many years that I believe were both female and they would periodically engage in some lip-locking.
 

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mostly males, but not always. a lot of breeders will do it too. It's just the cichlids way of getting the aggression out, before moving on
 
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