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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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15 Adorable Cincinnati Pets Looking For a New Home in the New Year  Cincinnati CityBeat

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Pets Are Part of Our Families. Now They’re Part of Our Divorces, Too  TIME

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Why are pets everywhere? Businesses, airlines cracking down on service animal rules  WZTV

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Pets of the Week  Johnson City Press (subscription)

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Putting pets to the test for bacteria  WKOW

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Sheriff: Two killed in house fire trying to rescue pets  UpNorthLive.com

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How to keep your pet safe during extreme cold and winter weather  WWLP.com

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Small Door, the OneMedical for pets, launches NYC location  TechCrunch

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Pets on the Plaza: Meet Link - 47abc  WMDT

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Fliers May Have to Attest Their Pets Are Service Animals  Newser

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KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Mickey  KCBD

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Dissolving Dead Pets: Tucson Vet Offers Alternative To Cremation  Patch.com

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Seven winter safety tips for protecting pets  WZZM13.com

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Ohio States veterinary social worker helps pet owners cope with grief, tough choices  Massillon Independent

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Pets from earthquake-ravaged Puerto Rico up for adoption  FOX 13 Tampa Bay

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Delta now offering ‘CarePod’ for travelers with pets  KSTU FOX 13 Salt Lake City

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Etowah County Animal Shelter features pets available for adoption  Gadsden Messenger

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Pets of the week: Ash, Tom Tom are seeking homes  The Intelligencer

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Rescued pets from earthquake-ravaged Puerto Rico end up at East Coast shelters  Fox News

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Pets of the Week: January 23, 2019  WSIL TV

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Spaghetti fundraiser helps provide shelter pets with medical care  wnky.com

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Pet Winter Safety  WJAC Johnstown

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Delta launches new airline pet travel option, feds float restrictions  WSB Atlanta

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Long Beach Pets Of The Week: Little Kitty  Gazette Newspapers

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Greyhound group's challenge is to turn racing machine into a pet  Los Angeles Times

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Downtown Denville's Lunar New Year Celebration and Pet Parade  TAPinto.net

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Claremore Man Makes Wearable Tributes To Beloved Pets  News On 6

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Are you leaving your pet outdoors in cold weather? These laws apply to you  WHNT News 19

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Snuggling with your pet, a good remedy for cold and flu, according to doctors  Clarksville Now

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Fond memories of family pets  fiddleheadfocus.com

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Fires displace families, kill pets during past week  Taylorsville Times

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Gardner family displaced, pets lost after home and daycare damaged in fire  WDAF FOX4 Kansas City

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Spotify unveils playlists for pets | TheHill  The Hill

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Universal announces spring debut for Secret Life of Pets ride  Theme Park Insider

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Marlene Kennedy: Pet care industry paying close attention to Millenials  The Daily Gazette

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Tri-Cities vet gets only CT scan machine for pets within hundreds of miles  KEPR 19

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KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Havarti  KCBD

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New Government plans will make it easier for people to rent homes with their pets  Countryliving (UK)

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Shelter pets could become Florida's official state pet  WCTV

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Animal Tales: Lewiston woman keeps pets in style  Lewiston Sun Journal

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NJ pets in need: Jan. 20, 2020  NJ.com

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Area pets available for adoption (PHOTOS), Jan 22, 2020  OregonLive

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Animal advocates remind community to keep a close eye on outdoor pets this winter  WJW FOX 8 News Cleveland

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Pet spa owner accused of animal cruelty, assault  WPRI.com

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Number of pets per household will increase as city opens negotiations with spcaLA  Long Beach Post

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My Pet: Lucy Billingsley  D Magazine

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Pet Tales: Miniature horses carry joy to nursing home residents  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Pet Talk: First Aid for pets  KBTX

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Pet of the week • 01-24-20  Dallas Voice

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Pet of the Week: 2020 pets  WTOP

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CMPD Animal Care urges pet owners to bring furry friends inside  FOX 46 Charlotte

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At-Risk Puerto Rico Shelter Pets Flown to New Jersey  NBC New York

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Pet detective helps families track down lost pets as a community service  KGW.com

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Overweight pets and health consequences  WGME

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Pet food processed for complete, balanced nutrition (column)  Reading Eagle

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Pet of the Week – Bingo  NBC Bay Area

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Five Nice Pet-Friendly Apartments for Rent in Boston  Boston magazine

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Birmingham dog-sitter at centre of missing pets row given five-year pet ban  Sky News

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Adopt a Pet: Akela  KTXL FOX 40 Sacramento

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New Bill Takes Aim At 'Puppy Mills,' Pet Stores, And Dog And Cat Breeding In Colorado  Colorado Public Radio

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Freezing Weather — Protecting Pets, Plants, Pipes And Other Tips  NorthEscambia.com

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Bellingham man accused of killing wife, pets remains hospitalized in Seattle  Seattle Times

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Pet Shop Boys: 'The acoustic guitar should be banned'  The Guardian

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World Bank Tips Kenya on Less Debt to Sustain Growth  Bloomberg

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From pet rats to subway rats, there's more to them than you might know  FOX 5 NY

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Cincinnati search dog who helped find more than 500 lost pets has died  WLWT Cincinnati

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Blind woman asks public, pet owners to be aware of service animals  WTOL

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PET CONNECTION: Meet Pemberton  KVRR

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LA County program helps homeless keep their pets as they seek housing  KABC-TV

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Great Kills fire, the morning after: FDNY still on scene, pets survived  SILive.com

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Labradors, cats and chihuahuas are Denver's most popular pets  Denverite

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Mountain Humane Animal Shelter creates happy environment for shelter pets  KMVT

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Dumped: Deserted pets roam Dickinson in hordes  The Dickinson Press

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Faces of Fauquier: Vet favors “holistic” pet care  Fauquier Now

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5 accelerator programs backing innovative pet food, treat brands  Pet Food Processing

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Coyote breeding season coming soon, CPW warns pet owners  KJCT8.com

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Cheetah smuggling out of Ethiopia 'fuelled by exotic pets demand'  BBC News

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