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Differentiating Male and Female Discus Fish
08-22-2013, 08:18 PM,
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Differentiating Male and Female Discus Fish
What is the easiest way to differentiate male and female Discus Fish?

Unlike carp where the males have a visibly slimmer outline and females have rounder, heavier bodies with softer and smoother fins, both male and female Discus fish seem to have the same body shape. Would there be differences in color, as I do know that male fish tend to be more gaudy and brightly-colored than the females?
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08-29-2013, 03:13 PM,
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RE: Differentiating Male and Female Discus Fish
Sexing discus is extremely difficult, I would say near impossible for a general hobbyist. Someone who specialises in breeding discus and spends a lot of time with them over the years will no doubt have a better chance of differentiating between the two.

Most people who keep discus will buy a small group, four or six, of young discus and grow them to maturity. Allowing nature to take it's course and let them pair off naturally.
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09-08-2013, 02:20 AM,
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RE: Differentiating Male and Female Discus Fish
(08-29-2013, 03:13 PM)TheBrit Wrote: Sexing discus is extremely difficult, I would say near impossible for a general hobbyist. Someone who specialises in breeding discus and spends a lot of time with them over the years will no doubt have a better chance of differentiating between the two.

Most people who keep discus will buy a small group, four or six, of young discus and grow them to maturity. Allowing nature to take it's course and let them pair off naturally.


I totally agree with your suggestion! I believe both males and females can secrete the nutrient-rich slime that the young discus fish feed on. I used to see some adult discus fish with their little offspring all congregating on the sides of the adults feeding.

I will also ask a friend who works as an aquaculture specialist for some help. I'm pretty keen to rear a tankful of discus so any advice is most welcome!
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