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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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Helping the Homeless and Their Pets  WNEP Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

Shelters using facial recognition for lost pets - NBC Montana
Shelters using facial recognition for lost pets  NBC Montana

Helping outdoor pets when it gets cold - 13abc Action News
Helping outdoor pets when it gets cold  13abc Action News

BENTLEY'S CORNER: Introducing pets to babies - 13newsnow.com WVEC
BENTLEY'S CORNER: Introducing pets to babies  13newsnow.com WVEC

As Billings schools crack down on pets in class, West High learns new tricks - Billings Gazette
As Billings schools crack down on pets in class, West High learns new tricks  Billings Gazette

NJ pets in need: Oct. 21, 2019 - NJ.com
NJ pets in need: Oct. 21, 2019  NJ.com

Say hello to Scout, our Pet of the Week! - FOX 29
Say hello to Scout, our Pet of the Week!  FOX 29

University dorm offers 'pet floor' for dogs, birds, reptiles - The College Fix
University dorm offers 'pet floor' for dogs, birds, reptiles  The College Fix

How to Keep Your Pets Happy and Safe at Halloween - q1065.fm
How to Keep Your Pets Happy and Safe at Halloween  q1065.fm

AKC Humane Fund Donates to URI for Pets of Domestic Violence Survivors - Pet Age
AKC Humane Fund Donates to URI for Pets of Domestic Violence Survivors  Pet Age

Animal Tales: Lewiston shelter turns to facial recognition to get lost pets home - Lewiston Sun Journal
Animal Tales: Lewiston shelter turns to facial recognition to get lost pets home  Lewiston Sun Journal

PetMed Express Inc (PETS) Q3 2019 Earnings Call Transcript - Nasdaq
PetMed Express Inc (PETS) Q3 2019 Earnings Call Transcript  Nasdaq

3 Kids, Hundreds of Pets Removed from Volusia Home - News 13
3 Kids, Hundreds of Pets Removed from Volusia Home  News 13

Pet of the Week: Parsnip - Arizona Daily Sun
Pet of the Week: Parsnip  Arizona Daily Sun

PetSmart Doubles Number of Teacher Grants for Pets in the Classroom Program - PRNewswire
PetSmart Doubles Number of Teacher Grants for Pets in the Classroom Program  PRNewswire

Edinboro University goes pet-friendly - News - GoErie.com
Edinboro University goes pet-friendly - News  GoErie.com

Forget Medicare For All, Now This Lefty Wants Medicare For Pets - The Federalist
Forget Medicare For All, Now This Lefty Wants Medicare For Pets  The Federalist

Knoxville Ice Bears help pets find homes at local adoption event - WATE 6 On Your Side
Knoxville Ice Bears help pets find homes at local adoption event  WATE 6 On Your Side

Pets dress to impress for the 6th annual Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade - WBIR.com
Pets dress to impress for the 6th annual Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade  WBIR.com

Pets on 2: Puppies at Berkeley Animal Center - WCBD News 2
Pets on 2: Puppies at Berkeley Animal Center  WCBD News 2

Passion for pets drives entrepreneurs' business decisions, community involvement - Las Vegas Sun
Passion for pets drives entrepreneurs' business decisions, community involvement  Las Vegas Sun

Adorable Adoptable Pets Of The Week: Hazel, Cooley, Chaska - Anne Arundel, MD Patch
Adorable Adoptable Pets Of The Week: Hazel, Cooley, Chaska  Anne Arundel, MD Patch

Pet of the Week: Roxy - Arizona Daily Sun
Pet of the Week: Roxy  Arizona Daily Sun

National Make A Dog's Day Tuesday aims at giving shelter pets a day to remember, encourage adoptions - WRDW-TV
National Make A Dog's Day Tuesday aims at giving shelter pets a day to remember, encourage adoptions  WRDW-TV

Dorchester County is considering new rules for pets - WCBD News 2
Dorchester County is considering new rules for pets  WCBD News 2

The Best GPS Trackers For Pets - Forbes
The Best GPS Trackers For Pets  Forbes

Countdown to the winner of Cobb Life Magazine's pets issue cover contest: Meet Mosley! - MDJOnline.com
Countdown to the winner of Cobb Life Magazine's pets issue cover contest: Meet Mosley!  MDJOnline.com

Pet detective Babs Fry helps find missing dogs for free - Today.com
Pet detective Babs Fry helps find missing dogs for free  Today.com

Why Are Shares Of Petmed Express Higher By 30%? - Benzinga
Why Are Shares Of Petmed Express Higher By 30%?  Benzinga

Rescue pets are the perfect fit for college students - Binghamton University Pipe Dream
Rescue pets are the perfect fit for college students  Binghamton University Pipe Dream

Gott Pet Products Adds Distributor Partner - Pet Age
Gott Pet Products Adds Distributor Partner  Pet Age

Firefighters honored, used pet masks to save animals - Lexington Dispatch
Firefighters honored, used pet masks to save animals  Lexington Dispatch

How to keep your pets safe this firework season, according to the RSPCA - Classic FM
How to keep your pets safe this firework season, according to the RSPCA  Classic FM

Pets for Vets matches service animals with veterans - WPVI-TV
Pets for Vets matches service animals with veterans  WPVI-TV

LimeLight Pet Project: Meet Ramona! - Q13 FOX
LimeLight Pet Project: Meet Ramona!  Q13 FOX

FEAS provides micro-chipping opportunity for pet-owners at L&L Pets - KVOE
FEAS provides micro-chipping opportunity for pet-owners at L&L Pets  KVOE

Unleashing Johnson City's pet project - Johnson City Press (subscription)
Unleashing Johnson City's pet project  Johnson City Press (subscription)

Pets help ease seniors' loneliness | News, Sports, Jobs - Altoona Mirror
Pets help ease seniors' loneliness | News, Sports, Jobs  Altoona Mirror

How to Tell Your Colleagues They Can't Have Pets in the Office (Without Breaking Their Hearts) - Inc.
How to Tell Your Colleagues They Can't Have Pets in the Office (Without Breaking Their Hearts)  Inc.

Woman living in van with more than 300 pet rats - WPVI-TV
Woman living in van with more than 300 pet rats  WPVI-TV

Summit County volunteers step up to help locals find their lost pets - Summit Daily News
Summit County volunteers step up to help locals find their lost pets  Summit Daily News

ENTER HERE: All 4 Pets 'Put Your Pet in a Promo' contest - WDIV ClickOnDetroit
ENTER HERE: All 4 Pets 'Put Your Pet in a Promo' contest  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

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Lazlo Rex Luna Pet Memorial | Pets  Caledonian Record

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Forget the hype: Experts say trendy pet diets can put animals' health at risk  News3LV

CBD company enters holistic pet food market - VeterinaryPracticeNews.com
CBD company enters holistic pet food market  VeterinaryPracticeNews.com

LimeLight Pet Project: Meet Maslin! - Q13 News Seattle
LimeLight Pet Project: Meet Maslin!  Q13 News Seattle

House Fire in Union City Displaces Family, Kills Two Pets - erienewsnow.com
House Fire in Union City Displaces Family, Kills Two Pets  erienewsnow.com

Column: Medicare for pets — it's not as crazy as you think - Los Angeles Times
Column: Medicare for pets — it's not as crazy as you think  Los Angeles Times

Woman found living with more than 300 pet rats in her van in upscale San Diego community - Fox News
Woman found living with more than 300 pet rats in her van in upscale San Diego community  Fox News

Why raw dog food could be harmful for pets and owners alike - Medical News Today
Why raw dog food could be harmful for pets and owners alike  Medical News Today

Pet owners attend Pumpkin Paws at Opportunity Village - KTNV Las Vegas
Pet owners attend Pumpkin Paws at Opportunity Village  KTNV Las Vegas

A “will” to help: Arizona Humane Society programs give pet owners peace of mind - Your Valley
A “will” to help: Arizona Humane Society programs give pet owners peace of mind  Your Valley

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Is your pet eating right? | ABC Fox Great Falls  ABC FOX Montana

Health Matters: When to get a PET Scan - NBC2 News
Health Matters: When to get a PET Scan  NBC2 News

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PICTURES: Im-paw-sibly cute turn out for annual Pets & Pumpkins!  KY3

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San Diego Woman Found Living in Van With 320 Pet Rats  TooFab

Pet of the Week: Cooper - KTVI Fox 2 St. Louis
Pet of the Week: Cooper  KTVI Fox 2 St. Louis

Tips to keep your pet safe this Halloween - WLS-TV
Tips to keep your pet safe this Halloween  WLS-TV

Reality show 'Meat the Family' makes contestants eat their pets - New York Post
Reality show 'Meat the Family' makes contestants eat their pets  New York Post

The value of pet ownership for older adults - WTOP
The value of pet ownership for older adults  WTOP

SLO County animal owners learn how to prepare pets for public safety power shutoffs - KSBY San Luis Obispo News
SLO County animal owners learn how to prepare pets for public safety power shutoffs  KSBY San Luis Obispo News

Local dog rescue pleas for pet owners to stop abandoning their animals - YourCentralValley.com
Local dog rescue pleas for pet owners to stop abandoning their animals  YourCentralValley.com

You can adopt 9 remarkable pets on Staten Island this weekend: Oct. 19-20 - SILive.com
You can adopt 9 remarkable pets on Staten Island this weekend: Oct. 19-20  SILive.com

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E. coli worries in Ledgeview: Residents should keep kids, pets away from Bower Creek  Green Bay Press Gazette

You can now bring your pets on Uber rides in Nashville - WZTV
You can now bring your pets on Uber rides in Nashville  WZTV

Rats as pets: Some people say absolutely. - The - The Washington Post
Rats as pets: Some people say absolutely. - The  The Washington Post

Local wildlife center aims to save cheetah cubs destined for illegal pet trade - The San Diego Union-Tribune
Local wildlife center aims to save cheetah cubs destined for illegal pet trade  The San Diego Union-Tribune

sawadeesign forms circular enclosures for hoc mon pet shelter in vietnam - Designboom
sawadeesign forms circular enclosures for hoc mon pet shelter in vietnam  Designboom

How Do We Prevent Pets from Becoming Exotic Invaders? - Scientific American
How Do We Prevent Pets from Becoming Exotic Invaders?  Scientific American

Study Finds Millennials Put Themselves In Debt For Their Pets - CBS Miami
Study Finds Millennials Put Themselves In Debt For Their Pets  CBS Miami

Pets with Potential: Meet Honey - WCAX
Pets with Potential: Meet Honey  WCAX

Pets being abandoned by owners facing money problems - BBC News
Pets being abandoned by owners facing money problems  BBC News

Owners present pets to Philippines priest for blessing - Reuters
Owners present pets to Philippines priest for blessing  Reuters

Vet warns against feeding your pets alternative diets - WAFF
Vet warns against feeding your pets alternative diets  WAFF

Animal hospital warns of potential Halloween dangers to pets - WZTV
Animal hospital warns of potential Halloween dangers to pets  WZTV

Winnebago County approves allowing pets on paths in county parks, with a few exceptions - Oshkosh Northwestern
Winnebago County approves allowing pets on paths in county parks, with a few exceptions  Oshkosh Northwestern

Hemp-CBD Pet Foods Are Everywhere But Are They Legal? - Benzinga
Hemp-CBD Pet Foods Are Everywhere But Are They Legal?  Benzinga

Pets of the week: Petey and Zoe want to be your new best friends - MLive.com
Pets of the week: Petey and Zoe want to be your new best friends  MLive.com

14 animals that are surprisingly legal to own as pets in the US - Business Insider
14 animals that are surprisingly legal to own as pets in the US  Business Insider

Smitten by kittens: how Paul Perry’s bedtime stories about his family pets became a book - The Irish Times
Smitten by kittens: how Paul Perry’s bedtime stories about his family pets became a book  The Irish Times

Uber’s newest feature alerts drivers that pets will be joining the ride - TechCrunch
Uber’s newest feature alerts drivers that pets will be joining the ride  TechCrunch

For Pet's Sake: Crate Training | WPBN - UpNorthLive.com
For Pet's Sake: Crate Training | WPBN  UpNorthLive.com

Pet of the Week | Community - International Falls Journal
Pet of the Week | Community  International Falls Journal

Ellwood City woman's life revolves around pets, hers and others - Ellwood City Ledger
Ellwood City woman's life revolves around pets, hers and others  Ellwood City Ledger

Boulevard Veterinary Clinic Pet of the Week: Tubby - TAPinto.net
Boulevard Veterinary Clinic Pet of the Week: Tubby  TAPinto.net

Webkinz prepares to kill off dormant pets starting next week - The Verge
Webkinz prepares to kill off dormant pets starting next week  The Verge

Adopt A Pet: Charlie - - KUSI
Adopt A Pet: Charlie -  KUSI

Matching Holiday Pajamas for You and Your Pet Have Arrived! Here's Where to Find Them - PEOPLE.com
Matching Holiday Pajamas for You and Your Pet Have Arrived! Here's Where to Find Them  PEOPLE.com

Sheriff's office Pet Expo part of crackdown on animal abuse - WITN
Sheriff's office Pet Expo part of crackdown on animal abuse  WITN

Putting on the dog — and cat — at the Halloween Pet Parade - Seattle Times
Putting on the dog — and cat — at the Halloween Pet Parade  Seattle Times

Got photos of your pets in Halloween costumes? We’d like to see them - AL.com
Got photos of your pets in Halloween costumes? We’d like to see them  AL.com

Local pet shelters fight to combat animal overpopulation - KTTC
Local pet shelters fight to combat animal overpopulation  KTTC

Is Pet Insurance Worth It? Evaluating the Cost - Yahoo Finance
Is Pet Insurance Worth It? Evaluating the Cost  Yahoo Finance

Uber Will Let You Bring Your Pet Along for the Ride, if You Pay Up - Thrillist
Uber Will Let You Bring Your Pet Along for the Ride, if You Pay Up  Thrillist

Adopt these pets: A cat, a terrier mix and a duck - STLtoday.com
Adopt these pets: A cat, a terrier mix and a duck  STLtoday.com

Millennials favor pet ownership over children in America's increasingly unaffordable cities. - City Journal
Millennials favor pet ownership over children in America's increasingly unaffordable cities.  City Journal

16 Funny Pet Slang Words You Never Realized Existed - Reader's Digest
16 Funny Pet Slang Words You Never Realized Existed  Reader's Digest

State of the art PET scans now available close to home - Steamboat Pilot & Today
State of the art PET scans now available close to home  Steamboat Pilot & Today

Protecting your pets: Halloween reminders for pet owners - KFOR Oklahoma City
Protecting your pets: Halloween reminders for pet owners  KFOR Oklahoma City

Virtual Pets, Virtual People and Virtual Immortality - TechNewsWorld
Virtual Pets, Virtual People and Virtual Immortality  TechNewsWorld

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