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How To Determine The Sex of Discus Fish


One of the biggest question asked of the discus breeder is "how do I determine the sex of my fish?" There are very few easy identifiable identifiers in this process. Here, we will discuss the methods used by some of the top breeders.

In juvenile fish, determining sex is almost impossible. It is only when they begin to pair off that an opportunity arises to help in the determination of sex. Juvenile fish, both male and female, have a rounded dorsal fin, and it is not until they begin to mature that a difference can be detected. As it is never wise to excessively handle the fish, close observation is in order to aid the breeder.

In Allnut Enterprises' King Discus Hatchery, for example, it is an easy process to determine who is who, as we have observed these fish for a while, and can determine the sex of the pairs we own. This would be true in any hatchery. But to the uninitiated or casual observer, this would not be easy to do.

Some of the identifiers: The male will have thicker lips to aid him in his fight to protect the female, and will be more aggressive. He will be larger than the female, his forehead is thicker, and we have observed that if the discus are a bit shy, the male will have a tendency to stay between the female and the observer.

The dorsal fin of the male will be pointed, and the female's dorsal fin will be rounded. Note that in juvenile discus, this is not apparent.

The breeding tube of the female, between the anus and anal fin, is broader and rounder than the male, and will have a blunt tip. The male, in turn, has a smaller, sharper breeding tube. Be aware that this is only evident during spawning, and should be closely observed.

It has been said that the male discus fish will tend to have a less intense color and more pattern while the female tends to be more colorful but with lesser pattern. I disagree, because too many variables are in place here, such as the health of the discus, the water parameters, and feeding pattern.

In an interesting article by Jeff Richard, he discusses an article from Diskus Brief, a German publication, which reports a very successful way of determine sex of a discus by using simple geometry. Jeff reports, and I quote: "Picture a discus facing to your left ... you would be looking at its side. Find the Dorsal (Top) and Anal (bottom) fins and look where the fins slope down toward the Caudal (tail) fin ... make sure you're looking at the fins after they have curved back toward the tail. The Dorsal and Anal Fins become (almost) straight after the fins curve down (or up) toward the Caudal Fin ... extend an imaginary line along this straight section of the 2 fins back toward the tail which just touches the Dorsal & Anal Fins past the Caudal Fin. These two imaginary lines should intersect behind the fish. The key to sexing the fish is where the lines cross the Caudal fin. If they pass through the Caudal Fin, the fish is most likely a FEMALE. If they miss or just touch the Caudal Fin, then most likely it is a MALE." Thanks, Jeff!

Sexing Discus is difficult at best. The easiest way to do so is to raise a group of at least six to eight discus, and allow them to pair off when ready. It is a beautiful sight to see this happen, and makes the hobby well worthwhile.

Alden Smith is a published author, and has been marketing on the internet for 7 years. His website, King Discus, is an active gathering place for discus breeders and lovers of discus fish.

His wife Betsy is the administrator of All The Best Recipes a site rich in online recipes and cookbooks.


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Captain’s Log: Pet Food Oddities For Odd Pets During The Pandemic  Noozhawk

Researchers look at role of pets in COVID-19 transmission - American Veterinary Medical Association
Researchers look at role of pets in COVID-19 transmission  American Veterinary Medical Association

Castro Valley artist creating 3×3 masterpieces to support pet rescue - The Mercury News
Castro Valley artist creating 3×3 masterpieces to support pet rescue  The Mercury News

Pets of the Week - Chico Enterprise-Record
Pets of the Week  Chico Enterprise-Record

Pets surviving COVID-19 pandemic? Local animal rescuer has that covered - Gardena Valley News
Pets surviving COVID-19 pandemic? Local animal rescuer has that covered  Gardena Valley News

Your pets are stressed out, too - Purdue News Service
Your pets are stressed out, too  Purdue News Service

Don't let your pets overheat this summer - KAGSTV.com
Don't let your pets overheat this summer  KAGSTV.com

Keep pets active while working from home - News - Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice
Keep pets active while working from home - News  Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice

Smoking Around Pets – InsideSources - InsideSources
Smoking Around Pets – InsideSources  InsideSources

10 things to do with pets in L.A. this coronavirus summer - Los Angeles Times
10 things to do with pets in L.A. this coronavirus summer  Los Angeles Times

Keep pets safe in the summer heat - Valley News
Keep pets safe in the summer heat  Valley News

Animal Welfare League of Alexandria distributes 5K pounds of free pet supplies during coronavirus pandemic - WTOP
Animal Welfare League of Alexandria distributes 5K pounds of free pet supplies during coronavirus pandemic  WTOP

Betty Chinn's Homeless Foundation Receives Grant to Care for Pets - North Coast Journal
Betty Chinn's Homeless Foundation Receives Grant to Care for Pets  North Coast Journal

Prepare your pets and livestock for hurricane season - KALB News
Prepare your pets and livestock for hurricane season  KALB News

Shelter pets in El Paso looking to 'Find Love Online' with virtual adoption event - KFOX El Paso
Shelter pets in El Paso looking to 'Find Love Online' with virtual adoption event  KFOX El Paso

Pets have benefited from coronavirus quarantine, survey says- heres how - Neosho Daily News
Pets have benefited from coronavirus quarantine, survey says- heres how  Neosho Daily News

'The Kaylee Project' warns against dangers of leaving pets, kids in hot cars - WBAY
'The Kaylee Project' warns against dangers of leaving pets, kids in hot cars  WBAY

Give Back Thursday: H.O.P.E. For Animals – low cost vet for pets - WANE
Give Back Thursday: H.O.P.E. For Animals – low cost vet for pets  WANE

Adopted Pets and Their Parents Gifted Charlotte's Web Free Pet Adoption Kits During Covid 19 - The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
Adopted Pets and Their Parents Gifted Charlotte's Web Free Pet Adoption Kits During Covid 19  The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

Veterinarian Addresses Concerns About Pets & COVID-19 - WHMI
Veterinarian Addresses Concerns About Pets & COVID-19  WHMI

Pets of the Week: Cricket and Clyde - WWLP.com
Pets of the Week: Cricket and Clyde  WWLP.com

Fun Friday: Do pets make better co-workers than your partner? - Human Resources Director
Fun Friday: Do pets make better co-workers than your partner?  Human Resources Director

Furloughed workers hold pet food drive - WANE
Furloughed workers hold pet food drive  WANE

Pets of the Week: May 28, 2020 - WSIL TV
Pets of the Week: May 28, 2020  WSIL TV

Shelter to Hold Pet Food Giveaway Saturday in Vineland - wpgtalkradio.com
Shelter to Hold Pet Food Giveaway Saturday in Vineland  wpgtalkradio.com

With a heatwave coming…keep your pets cool! - ABC 4
With a heatwave coming…keep your pets cool!  ABC 4

Local pet kennel comes to aid of victims of abuse and their pets - Steamboat Pilot & Today
Local pet kennel comes to aid of victims of abuse and their pets  Steamboat Pilot & Today

LeAnn Rimes, Colton Underwood and other celebs endorse FOSTER TO FOREVER for pets - WOAI
LeAnn Rimes, Colton Underwood and other celebs endorse FOSTER TO FOREVER for pets  WOAI

BUILDING A BETTER BAY AREA: East Bay SPCA offers free pet food to families in need amid the coronavirus pandemic. - KGO-TV
BUILDING A BETTER BAY AREA: East Bay SPCA offers free pet food to families in need amid the coronavirus pandemic.  KGO-TV

Alachua County Pets: Ravioli and Tortellini, Bleu, and Joey - WCJB
Alachua County Pets: Ravioli and Tortellini, Bleu, and Joey  WCJB

Arizona's heat could lead to death for unprotected pets - 12news.com KPNX
Arizona's heat could lead to death for unprotected pets  12news.com KPNX

Preparing your pets for separation as businesses reopen - City-sentinel
Preparing your pets for separation as businesses reopen  City-sentinel

Greeley cop log: ‘Cracked out’ women fight on yard; upstairs pets relieve themselves on porch, leaking to lower level - Greeley Tribune
Greeley cop log: ‘Cracked out’ women fight on yard; upstairs pets relieve themselves on porch, leaking to lower level  Greeley Tribune

Ariana Grande Has Almost 1 Dozen Pets; Here Are Their Names and Types - Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Ariana Grande Has Almost 1 Dozen Pets; Here Are Their Names and Types  Showbiz Cheat Sheet

Online Pet Adoptions a Success, Chicago Shelters Say - WTTW News
Online Pet Adoptions a Success, Chicago Shelters Say  WTTW News

Ep. 18 Weather or Not with Derek and Scott | Pets and COVID-19 - WDVM 25
Ep. 18 Weather or Not with Derek and Scott | Pets and COVID-19  WDVM 25

Which Celebrity's Pets Would You Want to Quarantine With? Vote! - Billboard
Which Celebrity's Pets Would You Want to Quarantine With? Vote!  Billboard

Thief makes off with dozens of puppies and birds from Bronx pet store - New York Post
Thief makes off with dozens of puppies and birds from Bronx pet store  New York Post

Virus delays flooding solutions at Austin Pets Alive! building - KXAN.com
Virus delays flooding solutions at Austin Pets Alive! building  KXAN.com

Pet Friendly Ways to Eliminate Weeds - AgNet West
Pet Friendly Ways to Eliminate Weeds  AgNet West

Hillsborough County firefighters rescue 2 people, 7 pets from house fire - FOX 13 Tampa Bay
Hillsborough County firefighters rescue 2 people, 7 pets from house fire  FOX 13 Tampa Bay

Are you paying more attention to your dog or cat during coronavirus quarantine? You're not alone, survey shows - USA TODAY
Are you paying more attention to your dog or cat during coronavirus quarantine? You're not alone, survey shows  USA TODAY

Exotic cat roaming posh London neighborhood suspected of feeding on pets - MSN Money
Exotic cat roaming posh London neighborhood suspected of feeding on pets  MSN Money

Sharon Police Issue Caution About Pets Left In Cars - Patch.com
Sharon Police Issue Caution About Pets Left In Cars  Patch.com

Family wants to know find Yoshi, their missing pet iguana - KZTV Action 10 News
Family wants to know find Yoshi, their missing pet iguana  KZTV Action 10 News

ETF of the Week: ProShares Pet Care ETF (PAWZ) - ETF Trends
ETF of the Week: ProShares Pet Care ETF (PAWZ)  ETF Trends

Brandywine Valley SPCA Announces Four More Drive-thru Pet Food Pantries for Families in Need - MyChesCo
Brandywine Valley SPCA Announces Four More Drive-thru Pet Food Pantries for Families in Need  MyChesCo

How to Handle Your Pet's Anxiety - Lifehacker
How to Handle Your Pet's Anxiety  Lifehacker

How to prevent separation anxiety in pets as you head back to the office after Covid-19 - KVIA El Paso
How to prevent separation anxiety in pets as you head back to the office after Covid-19  KVIA El Paso

Exchange Virus Outbreak Pets for Life - Frederick News Post
Exchange Virus Outbreak Pets for Life  Frederick News Post

Pet of the Week: Meet Tyson - The News-Messenger
Pet of the Week: Meet Tyson  The News-Messenger

First-ever national virtual pet super adoption hopes to place thousands of pets - KUTV 2News
First-ever national virtual pet super adoption hopes to place thousands of pets  KUTV 2News

pet abuse - The Batavian
pet abuse  The Batavian

Winona Area Humane Society urges pet owners to seek help after series of incidents - News8000.com - WKBT
Winona Area Humane Society urges pet owners to seek help after series of incidents  News8000.com - WKBT

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Pet of the Week | | leadertelegram.com  Leader-Telegram

Animal Humane Society hoping families adopt pocket pets who still need a home - KSTP
Animal Humane Society hoping families adopt pocket pets who still need a home  KSTP

Local veterinarians seeing an increase of pets with snake bites - WBRC
Local veterinarians seeing an increase of pets with snake bites  WBRC

Ready to Adopt a Pet? ARF Is Ready, Too - East Hampton Star
Ready to Adopt a Pet? ARF Is Ready, Too  East Hampton Star

The Adoptables: Pets of the week (05/27/20) | Local - Fredericksburg.com
The Adoptables: Pets of the week (05/27/20) | Local  Fredericksburg.com

Mass. Pets Getting Seriously Hurt in Grooming Mishaps, Veterinarians Say - nbcboston.com
Mass. Pets Getting Seriously Hurt in Grooming Mishaps, Veterinarians Say  nbcboston.com

New Survey Reveals Effects Stay-at-Home Order May Have on Pets and their Owners - PRNewswire
New Survey Reveals Effects Stay-at-Home Order May Have on Pets and their Owners  PRNewswire

Tiny Tina makes quarantine more bearable: Send us your pet rescue stories - cleveland.com
Tiny Tina makes quarantine more bearable: Send us your pet rescue stories  cleveland.com

This Nationwide Virtual Pet Adoption Is a ‘First-Ever’ - NBC Southern California
This Nationwide Virtual Pet Adoption Is a ‘First-Ever’  NBC Southern California

Humane Pennsylvania gives away 2,500 pounds of pet food in 30 minutes - Reading Eagle
Humane Pennsylvania gives away 2,500 pounds of pet food in 30 minutes  Reading Eagle

Cat dubbed the 'Beast of Billionaire's Row' may be EATING tycoons' pets to survive, neighbour claims - Daily Mail
Cat dubbed the 'Beast of Billionaire's Row' may be EATING tycoons' pets to survive, neighbour claims  Daily Mail

Families Foster Classroom Pets During Coronavirus Shutdown - NPR
Families Foster Classroom Pets During Coronavirus Shutdown  NPR

Pet Pal: Freckled Fun with “Douglas” - WAVY.com
Pet Pal: Freckled Fun with “Douglas”  WAVY.com

Make a difference — adopt a pet | Casey’s Corner - Chico Enterprise-Record
Make a difference — adopt a pet | Casey’s Corner  Chico Enterprise-Record

Pet Of The Week: Penelopig - Oswego Daily News
Pet Of The Week: Penelopig  Oswego Daily News

A 2nd Chance Pet of the Week - Hillsboro Times Gazette
A 2nd Chance Pet of the Week  Hillsboro Times Gazette

Coronavirus and pets: Scams exploit animal lovers in crisis - Los Angeles Times
Coronavirus and pets: Scams exploit animal lovers in crisis  Los Angeles Times

Animal Welfare League's Community Pet Pantry Offers Animal Supplies to Those in Need - ALXnow
Animal Welfare League's Community Pet Pantry Offers Animal Supplies to Those in Need  ALXnow

This is what happens to the pets left behind when their owners die from coronavirus - CNN
This is what happens to the pets left behind when their owners die from coronavirus  CNN

Meet the Outer Banks SPCA Pet of the Week, Bretta - Island Free Press
Meet the Outer Banks SPCA Pet of the Week, Bretta  Island Free Press

How to tell your dog or cat that Beshear said it's OK to leave and go back to work now - Courier Journal
How to tell your dog or cat that Beshear said it's OK to leave and go back to work now  Courier Journal

Pet adoptions high at local shelters during pandemic but surrenders growing, too - WDAF FOX4 Kansas City
Pet adoptions high at local shelters during pandemic but surrenders growing, too  WDAF FOX4 Kansas City

Local veterinarian gives tips on preventing pet separation anxiety - 47abc - WMDT
Local veterinarian gives tips on preventing pet separation anxiety - 47abc  WMDT

Twin Falls Animal Shelter sees changes in pet adoptions - 6 On Your Side
Twin Falls Animal Shelter sees changes in pet adoptions  6 On Your Side

RCO Pet Care is OPEN for your pet care needs! - Oxford, CT Patch - Patch.com
RCO Pet Care is OPEN for your pet care needs! - Oxford, CT Patch  Patch.com

Pet of the Week | Great Scott! McFly needs a new home - Santa Cruz Sentinel
Pet of the Week | Great Scott! McFly needs a new home  Santa Cruz Sentinel

Constable: Hoping pet bird in sky isn't needle in a haystack - Chicago Daily Herald
Constable: Hoping pet bird in sky isn't needle in a haystack  Chicago Daily Herald

Your quarantined pet may be acting odd. Here’s how to help. - The Washington Post
Your quarantined pet may be acting odd. Here’s how to help.  The Washington Post

Police remind Haligonians to keep pets safe in hot weather - HalifaxToday.ca
Police remind Haligonians to keep pets safe in hot weather  HalifaxToday.ca

Barbershops, Pet Groomers And Car Wash Businesses Reopen With Vigor In Massachusetts - wgbh.org
Barbershops, Pet Groomers And Car Wash Businesses Reopen With Vigor In Massachusetts  wgbh.org

Pets strange behavior amid COVID-19 - 11Alive.com WXIA
Pets strange behavior amid COVID-19  11Alive.com WXIA

What to know before taking a pet to the groomer in Massachusetts during the coronavirus pandemic - MassLive.com
What to know before taking a pet to the groomer in Massachusetts during the coronavirus pandemic  MassLive.com

Live 5 Scambusters: BBB warns about two pet-related scams - Live 5 News WCSC
Live 5 Scambusters: BBB warns about two pet-related scams  Live 5 News WCSC

Pets and the Humans Who Loved Them - The Wall Street Journal
Pets and the Humans Who Loved Them  The Wall Street Journal

Adopting a Pet From a Shelter in California: What You Need to Know - The New York Times
Adopting a Pet From a Shelter in California: What You Need to Know  The New York Times

Veterinarians reveal the biggest mistakes you're making when buying toys for your pets - Insider - INSIDER
Veterinarians reveal the biggest mistakes you're making when buying toys for your pets - Insider  INSIDER

A Guide for First-Time Pet Owners During the Pandemic - The New York Times
A Guide for First-Time Pet Owners During the Pandemic  The New York Times

How Safe Are Pets from Coronavirus? - Bloomberg
How Safe Are Pets from Coronavirus?  Bloomberg

How to adopt your next pet safely and virtually - The Verge
How to adopt your next pet safely and virtually  The Verge

Free pet food giveaways planned for Friday - The News Journal
Free pet food giveaways planned for Friday  The News Journal

'Office' star Rainn Wilson hosts Zoom call with 900 pets - Insider - INSIDER
'Office' star Rainn Wilson hosts Zoom call with 900 pets - Insider  INSIDER

Can it be a ‘family’ vacation without the family pet? - OCRegister
Can it be a ‘family’ vacation without the family pet?  OCRegister

Houston nonprofit launches free pet boarding program to aid survivors of domestic violence - KPRC Click2Houston
Houston nonprofit launches free pet boarding program to aid survivors of domestic violence  KPRC Click2Houston

1 person, 2 pets killed in Security house fire - KRDO
1 person, 2 pets killed in Security house fire  KRDO

Should you be quarantining with your pets? - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Should you be quarantining with your pets?  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Can you pass coronavirus to pets? UW and WSU researchers want your help to find out - KING5.com
Can you pass coronavirus to pets? UW and WSU researchers want your help to find out  KING5.com

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