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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 Solve Pet Overpopulation One “SNIP” at a Time  coastalbreezenews.com

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Pets are being returned to Tampa Bay shelters after pandemic adoption boom  Tampa Bay Times

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In China, Deaths of Mail-Order Pets in Mystery Boxes Set Off a Backlash  The New York Times

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Pets of the Week: May 12, 2021  WSIL TV

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Managing Pets With Tech: Crowdfunding PetCode  Forbes

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Americans adopted or bought so many pets during the COVID-19 pandemic that veterinarians are backlogged, burned out  Capital Gazette

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Companion Animal: Education can only help pets and owners  Goldendale Sentinel

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Separation anxiety possible for pets as owners return to work  SILive.com

Pets experience separation anxiety as people return to work - WKRC TV Cincinnati
Pets experience separation anxiety as people return to work  WKRC TV Cincinnati

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Home to Home eases pets’ transition to new families  cleveland.com

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People let their pets decide who they date, new survey suggests  Fox News

Joe Pisani (opinion): Is there an afterlife for our pets? - The Advocate
Joe Pisani (opinion): Is there an afterlife for our pets?  The Advocate

They fell in love with their pandemic pets. Now they don’t want to leave them. - Seattle Times
They fell in love with their pandemic pets. Now they don’t want to leave them.  Seattle Times

Billings families find comfort amid pandemic in adopted pets - KTVQ Billings News
Billings families find comfort amid pandemic in adopted pets  KTVQ Billings News

Pandemic pets: How to prepare your furry friend for the return to work - WPIX 11 New York
Pandemic pets: How to prepare your furry friend for the return to work  WPIX 11 New York

Protecting your kids, pets from summertime nuisances - KWCH
Protecting your kids, pets from summertime nuisances  KWCH

Animal shelters see slight uptick in rehoming of pets - WBAY
Animal shelters see slight uptick in rehoming of pets  WBAY

'Excruciatingly sad': Shelters bracing for 'selfish' return of pandemic pets - New York Post
'Excruciatingly sad': Shelters bracing for 'selfish' return of pandemic pets  New York Post

Pet connections: A Central Coast social media group assists in pet shelter adoptions - New Times SLO
Pet connections: A Central Coast social media group assists in pet shelter adoptions  New Times SLO

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Amazon Reviewers Love This Ottoman That Secretly Doubles as a Hideaway for Cats  PEOPLE.com

Four Seasons Plumbing celebrates National Pet Month - PRNewswire
Four Seasons Plumbing celebrates National Pet Month  PRNewswire

Submissions Are Now Open for D Magazine's 2021 Cutest Pets in Dallas Competition - D Magazine
Submissions Are Now Open for D Magazine's 2021 Cutest Pets in Dallas Competition  D Magazine

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Seasonal Allergy Medications Pose a Deadly Risk to Pets  PRNewswire

Meet our pets of the week: Two cats and a pony - STLtoday.com
Meet our pets of the week: Two cats and a pony  STLtoday.com

Pets adopted during the pandemic are being returned in record numbers - New York Post
Pets adopted during the pandemic are being returned in record numbers  New York Post

Alachua County Pets: Scout, Fable, and Blitz - WCJB
Alachua County Pets: Scout, Fable, and Blitz  WCJB

Proper training, socialization help prepare pets for the arrival of a human sibling - nwitimes.com
Proper training, socialization help prepare pets for the arrival of a human sibling  nwitimes.com

Texas has a large population of pet tigers across the state - Chron
Texas has a large population of pet tigers across the state  Chron

Incoming cicada swarm not a problem for pets - WTHR
Incoming cicada swarm not a problem for pets  WTHR

As more people return to work, more pets returned to shelters — but not in Chicago - WGN TV Chicago
As more people return to work, more pets returned to shelters — but not in Chicago  WGN TV Chicago

People Are Returning Their Pandemic Pets at Alarming Rates - Yahoo Lifestyle
People Are Returning Their Pandemic Pets at Alarming Rates  Yahoo Lifestyle

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Pets of the week: Jagger is carefree. Milo is a happy, chatty attention-seeker  MLive.com

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A Pet Food Partnership for Our Community | Elf | sentinelsource.com  The Keene Sentinel

Why Tom put retirement on hold to help grieving families farewell pets - ABC News
Why Tom put retirement on hold to help grieving families farewell pets  ABC News

Pets adopted during the pandemic are being returned at record numbers: report - Fox News
Pets adopted during the pandemic are being returned at record numbers: report  Fox News

Livonia council approves leash law, shoots down weather guidelines for pet owners - Hometown Life
Livonia council approves leash law, shoots down weather guidelines for pet owners  Hometown Life

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Texas ChainPaw Is Adoption for Horror Film Lookalike Pets  Nerdist

Defying predictions and anecdotes, Midstate and national pandemic pet shelter surrenders are down, not up - ABC27
Defying predictions and anecdotes, Midstate and national pandemic pet shelter surrenders are down, not up  ABC27

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Phoenix woman faces multiple charges after malnourished dog and other pets rescued  ABC15 Arizona

People Are Surrendering Their “Pandemic Pets” — Here's How to Rehome a Dog - Green Matters
People Are Surrendering Their “Pandemic Pets” — Here's How to Rehome a Dog  Green Matters

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‘Pet anxiety is real’: More employers willing to allow pandemic-pets when staff return to the office  Digiday

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PET OF THE WEEK: Manny  La Crosse Tribune

Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (5/12/21) - ABC15 Arizona
Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (5/12/21)  ABC15 Arizona

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Tolonen Family Pet Shop one of downtown Farmington's newest businesses  Hometown Life

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Pandemic pet boom has veterinarians busier than ever  KLBK | KAMC | EverythingLubbock.com

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Find your best friends among these pets for adoption this week in Savannah  Savannah Morning News

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Experts share how to protect pets during peak tick season  WABI

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Family Fights to Keep Pet Pig in Their Suburban Home  NBC Chicago

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Permit approved for pet day care, boarding business  Evening Observer

City of Boise amends animal code for Good Samaritans rescuing pets - Idaho News
City of Boise amends animal code for Good Samaritans rescuing pets  Idaho News

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So your dog ate a cicada: What to know about Brood X and pet safety  CNET

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Pets meant to bring companionship during pandemic are being brought back to animal rescues  WRGB

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PFAS found at high levels in pets near Chemours plant - NC Health News  North Carolina Health News

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Area art students drawing pet portraits for All Faiths Pantry’s spring fundraiser  cleveland.com

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Pet food pantry growing and helping more pets across west Michigan  Fox17

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Creative Acres Sanctuary founder says owners are giving up 'pandemic pets' as they head back to work  The Denver Channel

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Australia Pet Food Markets Report 2020: Historical Years 2015-2018 / Base Year of 2019 / Estimated Year of 2020 / Forecast Period 2020-2025  Yahoo Finance

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UpNorthLife: Leelanau State Park offers pet-friendly shorelines & lodging  UpNorthLive.com

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Even Professional Car Detailers Swear by This $15 Pet Hair Removal Tool  PEOPLE.com

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Arlington Pet of the Week: Hank  ARLnow

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Take a Look at the Official Pets and Animals of Every State  msnNOW

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Store pets can be a pull for some Downtown businesses  News-Press Now

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Pet Of The Week: Hank  WTRF

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Nevada SPCA's Pet Food Pantry providing free pet food  KTNV Las Vegas

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CitrusAd Launches Retail Media Technology on Petco.com  Business Wire

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Exotic pets are in the spotlight at expo in Chesapeake  13newsnow.com WVEC

Mail-order pet craze in China blamed for truck full of dead, distressed animals - New York Post
Mail-order pet craze in China blamed for truck full of dead, distressed animals  New York Post

Legislation Reintroduced to End the Dangerous Primate Pet Trade - Animal Welfare Institute
Legislation Reintroduced to End the Dangerous Primate Pet Trade  Animal Welfare Institute

Miller Hill Mall to welcome new pet boutique, host horse fair this Saturday - Duluth News Tribune
Miller Hill Mall to welcome new pet boutique, host horse fair this Saturday  Duluth News Tribune

Independent Pet Partners Announces New Pet Wellness Store Opening in Houston, TX - Southernminn.com
Independent Pet Partners Announces New Pet Wellness Store Opening in Houston, TX  Southernminn.com

How Losing a Pet Can Make You Stronger - The New York Times
How Losing a Pet Can Make You Stronger  The New York Times

Shelter pets find new forever homes thanks to recent adoption events - 69News WFMZ-TV
Shelter pets find new forever homes thanks to recent adoption events  69News WFMZ-TV

Pet Cats Fall For Optical Illusions Too - NPR
Pet Cats Fall For Optical Illusions Too  NPR

Nylabone® Products Gives Back to Hometown with Donation to Local Pet Food Drive - Business Wire
Nylabone® Products Gives Back to Hometown with Donation to Local Pet Food Drive  Business Wire

Veterinary clinic in India cares for pets of Covid-19 patients amid nationwide health crisis - South China Morning Post
Veterinary clinic in India cares for pets of Covid-19 patients amid nationwide health crisis  South China Morning Post

‘The Traveling Zoo’: Life on the Road, With Pets at Their Side - The New York Times
‘The Traveling Zoo’: Life on the Road, With Pets at Their Side  The New York Times

Pet of the Week: Noble - Newnan Times-Herald
Pet of the Week: Noble  Newnan Times-Herald

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Global Pet Accessories Market 2021-2025 - Technology Innovation and Portfolio Extension Leading to Product Premiumization - ResearchAndMarkets.com  Business Wire

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Pet Expert on Microchipping Cats and Dogs: It's 'the Safest Way to Find and Keep Your Pets'  PEOPLE

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PET OF THE WEEK: Cumberland Powered By Jackson & Sons  Goldsboro Daily News

Vegan couple banned from owning pets after feeding their severely malnourished puppies a meat-free diet - Yahoo! Voices
Vegan couple banned from owning pets after feeding their severely malnourished puppies a meat-free diet  Yahoo! Voices

Tampa Bay area pets hope to share their love with you - Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay area pets hope to share their love with you  Tampa Bay Times

Proposed pet breeding facility in Cochise County draws opposition from Tucson, beyond - Arizona Daily Star
Proposed pet breeding facility in Cochise County draws opposition from Tucson, beyond  Arizona Daily Star

Boston News Crew Spots and Saves Stolen Dog During Segment on the Missing Pet - PEOPLE
Boston News Crew Spots and Saves Stolen Dog During Segment on the Missing Pet  PEOPLE

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Elevate Your Pet's Mealtimes With the Modern MOGO Feeding Kit  Design Milk

The Unshakeable Interspecies Bond of Pet Moms - Vogue
The Unshakeable Interspecies Bond of Pet Moms  Vogue

Pet Talk: What to know about owning exotic pets - Bryan-College Station Eagle
Pet Talk: What to know about owning exotic pets  Bryan-College Station Eagle

National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day: 40 essentials for new pet owners - New York Post
National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day: 40 essentials for new pet owners  New York Post

Are our pets fueling climate change and environmental hazards? - Vox
Are our pets fueling climate change and environmental hazards?  Vox

Vote 4 the Best: Pets - Voting - WDIV ClickOnDetroit
Vote 4 the Best: Pets - Voting  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

Your pets can catch coronavirus, but don't spread it - Spectrum News 1
Your pets can catch coronavirus, but don't spread it  Spectrum News 1

Tampa Bay area pets looking for loving homes - Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay area pets looking for loving homes  Tampa Bay Times

Here's What's Going On When You Catch Your Dog Licking Your Furniture . . . Again - POPSUGAR
Here's What's Going On When You Catch Your Dog Licking Your Furniture . . . Again  POPSUGAR

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Need More Cute Animal Content? Follow the Pets of Netflix's Pet Stars on Instagram!  POPSUGAR

5 arrested after Lady Gaga's dog walker shot, pets kidnapped: Police - ABC News
5 arrested after Lady Gaga's dog walker shot, pets kidnapped: Police  ABC News

2-Legged Cat Uses Instagram to Promote Special Needs Pet Adoptions: 'He Can Teach People' - PEOPLE
2-Legged Cat Uses Instagram to Promote Special Needs Pet Adoptions: 'He Can Teach People'  PEOPLE

See The Latest Adoptable Pets In The Greater Alexandria Area - Greater Alexandria, VA Patch
See The Latest Adoptable Pets In The Greater Alexandria Area  Greater Alexandria, VA Patch

Pawsome Pets: These elementary students started up their own in-school dog treat shop - Gainesville Times
Pawsome Pets: These elementary students started up their own in-school dog treat shop  Gainesville Times

Pet Wise: Grooming pets provides health and safety benefits - Baltimore Sun
Pet Wise: Grooming pets provides health and safety benefits  Baltimore Sun

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Petco Love Launches Game-Changing Centralized Solution To Help Reunite Lost Pets With Their Families  PRNewswire

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