Here is a pic. of one of my....Male O.B. Peacock Cichlids holding Eggs in its mouth- -It has had a few batches. Markings are clearly male. Eggs in its mouth like a female. Go figure. It is now in my 125g tank and I bought a female OB Peacock a couple of months ago or so with same body color but somewhat different markings....she is also in the 125g now and holding eggs along with another different female Peacock Cichlid. Anyone else have a fish with male markings but was a female- :?: -
CSS Virginia, if your fish is holding eggs, it's a girl. Markings don't determine sex with OB's, especially when you're working with a hormoned fish. Take mine, for example. When I bought it, it was red as can be, even at 1.5". It was obviously hormoned, but I figured that it would fade, then ragain the color as it matured. Well, 4 months later it's holding a mouthful of eggs and most of the red is gone. Some is still there, however, and it still looks like a male fish.
They're not all hormoned, but lots are. If it's colored up and less than 2" - you can be pretty sure it's juiced. There was a 1.5" z-rock at the lfs a couple weeks ago that looked better than my 5"er. That thing was so blue it was black, with a gold blaze...
And yeah, my fish looks female-ish now, but was BRIGHT red at the store. In my limited experience, female OB's have little color and are mostly a tan fish with black spots. My female is still maroon all over, though this will eventually fade, I imagine.
He's getting a little more orange background now. He's getting a little aggressive also, trying to spawn with all the females, think it's a puberty thing. His dorsal's a bit tattered.
Think I got this guy at Superpetz, one side of his head was plain, the other side was black, he had almost no color just a small spot of orange behind his head and black bars on an albino body.
Wow! There are some cool looking guys out there. Hope mine grows up to be as nice. He (I hope) is little less than 2". See some colors, but not much orange. I will post a pic of mine, and keep folks updated.