Oh ok but if it is so hard to determine the sex, what should i go by in order to make sure that i have some females? Is it the lighter the top fin is, it is female or that is not a good scale to go by?24Tropheus said:You really want just one male and five females for a best mix. Or at least 4 males out numbered by females.
Ideally this is true, but labs are on the calm, peaceful end of the mbuna personality spectrum. M/F ratio is less critical with labs than with a lot of other species. Unless you wind up, by pure chance, with a ratio that is extremely male heavy, I don't think you'll have too much drama. Good luck.24Tropheus said:You really want just one male and five females for a best mix. Or at least 4 males out numbered by females.
As already stated, there are no visual traits that determine a male or female L. caeruleus. Body shape, colour, amount of black and various other physical characteristics can vary between both sexes.hollyfish2000 said:One of my labs looks exactly like this photo and she's successfully held twice, so . . . A girl!
Sorry, but this is not true. I have bred several hundred L. caeruleus over the years and I have seen numerous females with black pelvic and anal fins and numerous males without.LadyMyst said:I have just bred some EY and I can tell the difference between the males and females by their bottom fins. The males are black like their top fin and the females bottom fins are not black.
Could you tell me what that means please?dielikemoviestars said:You.
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