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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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Horse farm in Scottsdale will soon be "dog hotel" for pets belonging to homeless  AZFamily

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With loved ones and pets, Globes winners embrace cozier show  WBNG-TV

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For aging pets, some simple changes around the home can help them be more comfortable  NOLA.com

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Laramie Pets of the Week  laramielive.com

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Who Gets the Pets in a Divorce? - Divorce Legal Blogs Posted by Bryan L. Salamone, Esq. | Lawyers.com  Lawyers.com Blog

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911 Dispatcher’s Paintings Of Pets Becomes Popular Small Business  CBS Boston

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Tips for protecting your pets  FOX 5 DC

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Martha Stewart says CBD for pets will be a $10B industry in 2 years  Fox Business

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Roanoke Valley SPCA expands annual fundraiser to help more pets in need  WSLS 10

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This Is The Pet Health Insurance Your Pet Deserves — It's Also The One Your Budget Needs | TheHill  The Hill

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Finding Better Ways to Treat Urinary and Kidney Diseases in Pets  Tufts Now

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PHOTOS: Gwinnett Animal Shelter Adoptable Pets of the Week — March 1  Gwinnettdailypost.com

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Pet hospice services help manage pain, anxiety and tough decisions in final days  KTAB - BigCountryHomepage.com

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Good Day Pets – Meet Angel!  KCAU 9

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PACC: Buy a kit, get a $0 adoption fee for adult pets  KVOA Tucson News

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Regina King, Sarah Paulson and More Stars With Their Pets at the 2021 Golden Globes  Us Weekly

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N.J. pets in need: March 1, 2021  nj.com

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Pet Insurance Alternative Is Making Quality Veterinarian Care Affordable  PRNewswire

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Food for Thought: What Contributes to a Pet's Healthy Diet  Pet Age

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Help the Norfolk SPCA fill its pet pantry shelves  WAVY.com

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Fresno Humane Animal Services offering free microchips for pets in March  KFSN-TV

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Graves of nearly 600 cats and dogs in ancient Egypt may be world's oldest pet cemetery  Science Magazine

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Easter egg hunt, virtual 5K with your pets and more events in Baton Rouge this week - [225]  225 Baton Rouge

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El Paso Animal Services takes big steps to better help pets in community  KFOX El Paso

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Law firm's fan account for presidential pets is 'out of the Twitter doghouse'  ABA Journal

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Fashion at the Golden Globes 2021: pets, diamonds and sofa style  The Guardian

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Longmont father-son duo take to skies to rescue homeless pets  Longmont Times-Call

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Caring for disabled pets: balancing medicine and compassion  DVM 360

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The Simpsons: All 23 Simpson Family Pets Explained | Screen Rant  Screen Rant

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Dr. Maro: How to prevent pet emergencies  The Times

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Poison Prevention Awareness Month: When to sound the alarm for pet poisoning  KRCRTV.COM

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Boulevard Veterinary Clinic Pet of the Week: Molly  TAPinto.net

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These Are the Pet-friendly Airbnbs on Animal Lovers' Bucket Lists  Travel+Leisure

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Pets, plants still in recovery after winter storm  Denton Record Chronicle

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The 2021 Recipients of Pet Age's Women of Influence Awards  Pet Age

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Global Pet Hair Care Market (2021 to 2026) - Featuring Beaphar, The Himalaya Drug Company & Petkin Among Others  Yahoo Finance

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Scooby's Big Adventure: When pets go missing, who you gonna call?  Lewiston Sun Journal

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KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Little Mommas  KCBD

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22 Truly Low-Maintenance Pets Because a Dog Is Out of the Question  Yahoo Lifestyle

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InventHelp Inventors Develop Tool for Removing Knots from Pet Fur (BTM-2813)  Herald-Mail Media

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Sensa is ready to jump in the car and join you on your adventures  Stockton Record

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Dog, cat sales at pet stores might be banned unless from rescue groups  Deseret News

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Pet owners can submit photos for 'March Meowness'  fox5sandiego.com

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5 situations in which pets can be used for tax breaks  KSAT San Antonio

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Tampa Bay area pets looking for forever homes  Tampa Bay Times

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Kids, Partners, Pets and More of the Cutest 'Dates' at the 2021 Golden Globe Awards  Yahoo Entertainment

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Pet of the Week: Layla  East Idaho News

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No Man’s Sky’s new pets are already causing chaos  Polygon

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Adoptable pet: Meet Larry  Tallahassee Democrat

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Who knew? Surprising places that welcome pets  Buffalo News

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WATCH: Pets in Colorado have a snow day  9News.com KUSA

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11 best Valentine's Day gifts for your pets in 2021  NBC News

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Jefferson County Adoptable Pet of the Week: Dakota  GANT News

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Animal Tales: Pet food pantry coming to a town near you  Lewiston Sun Journal

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10 Trendy Houseplants That are Safe for Pets, According to Experts  BobVila.com

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Lady Gaga's dog walker posts first update since being shot in pet theft  CNET

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2021 NFL Draft: “Pet Cats” by Position for the Dallas Cowboys  Inside The Star

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Second Chance Pets: Steve the cat  KOIN.com

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Survey reveals America's love for pets is evident in travel habits  Tulsa World

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Elayne Clift: Squirrely winters, pet peeves, and a few eyes I’d like to poke  vtdigger.org

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Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Gus - GraysHarborTalk  GraysHarborTalk

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The Most Popular Pet Name of the Century (Maybe)  The New York Times

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Cleveland Pet Guide: Our March Cover Dog, Suzy, Is Living Her Best Life  Clevelandmagazine.com

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Bissell Pet Foundation works to ‘find a loving home for every pet’  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

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Car barrels through front of south Tulsa pet grooming business  KOKI FOX 23

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Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of Feb. 21, 2021  Summit Daily News

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'Working from home has made my pet allergies worse': 8 things you can do right now  Yahoo Sports

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Betty White, furry friends star in 50-year-old 'Pet Set'  Associated Press

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7 in 10 pet owners say they wouldn't have 'survived' 2020 without their animal companion  Fox News

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America's 10 Best States for Pet Lovers  TravelPulse

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Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of Feb. 28  Summit Daily News

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Rocky from Fairmont currently in 1st place in America’s Favorite Pet contest  WBOY.com

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Children at JCC donate pet food to animal shelter  nj.com

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Pet of the week: Meet Willard  The Willits News

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Many families have adopted new pets during the pandemic; here's how to prepare for your cat or dog's best, healthy life  Pacific Northwest Inlander

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Killing, torturing pets is grim hallmark of domestic abuse amid pandemic  WZZM13.com

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Meet Biscuit  NewsWest9.com

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Austin Pets Alive seeks supplies, donations to keep furry friends warm amid winter freeze  Austin American-Statesman

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