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In mating pairs, does the male have to be bigger? What about in cases where hybids are produced, are the males normally the bigger fish?
 

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They don't have to be bigger, no. Males typically ARE bigger than females once full grown, but they can breed with bigger females as long as they're sexually mature.
 

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My female Red Devil is 2 inches bigger then the male. I do have to keep them seperated for the most part but thats common with really aggressive cichlids.
 

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My more aggressive females tend to fight very very hard with a new mate to test them. It would generally take a larger male to withstand this. I would suspect this is, to a degree, “natural behaviorâ€
 
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