Tips on How to Determine the Gender of your Discus Fish
It’s typical for any respectable aquarium owner to breed their fishes. This not only cut down on
costs of purchasing new fishes, but they also pose a good challenge in growing an aquarium. So, many breeders
tend to ask how they will be able to determine the gender of their discus fish. Although this may seem
difficult, many top breeders have provided different information to do so. And you may find that it is easier
than you may think.
There are a variety of methods that breeders use to know the gender of a discus fish, most of
them are used when the discus fish have already grown. While they are still young, it is virtually impossible
to determine its gender. Also, be warned that over handling the fish may result to its death. So you need to
have a very keen observation so that you will be able to truly determine the sex. You will need to be very
patient and to follow the fish well, for those who do not know the differences between the male and the
female; it would be very hard to discover its gender.
Here are some points which can help you identify the gender of a discus fish.
Male discus fish have thicker lips. Discus fish use their mouth to fend off any attackers. So
the thicker lips are necessary for their protection and of the females as well.
The male discus fish is more aggressive, they tend to come between the female and any intruder
to protect the female discus fish. Also, the male tends to be larger and has a bigger forehead.
In the female discus fish, the dorsal fin will seem to be rounded, while in the male, it will
look more pointed. This is not distinguishable when the discus fish are still young, you can only notice this
when they are in their adult stage.
During spawning, you will notice that the breeding tube of the male discus fish tends to be
smaller and sharper, with the female, the breeding tube will be rounder, and broader. The breeding tube can
be found between the anal fin and the anus.
Some breeders say that the female discus fish have a more vibrant colour, but there are fewer
It’s never easy to find the sex of an animal when they are small, especially when they are
fishes. Fishes tend to be fast and moving all the time. So this
may cause a lot of problem. But, if you are determined to become a breeder, then use these tips to help you
out. Determining the gender of your discus fish will help you to pair them equally. Too many male fishes and
they tend to fight, and you may lose your fishes, too much female and then the pairing will be set off. But
always remember, you can only successfully determine sex when the discus fish are older. Further tips
can be had at Discus Fish Secrets.