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    Male or Female angelfish?

    Does anyone know how to tell the difference in male and female angelfish?
    I have a koi and a marble that buddy up and will push away the other 2 angels when they come near. Was wondering if they were male and female and how can you tell?





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    from what i understand, you can't tell whether an angel is male or female unless they are breeding. Then you have to check out their "private parts" (sorry, don't know the actual name of it). Apparently, you can tell a difference then.
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    Their private parts are actually called breeding tubes. And yes, some people say you can find out other ways, but these are sometimes wrong and should not be fully trusted. Wait and see if their spawning behavior continues, and keep on the look-out for their breeding tubes.
    Here's an example:

    This is a female as you can tell by the large breeding tube, the male's breeding tube is often defined as looking like the point of a pencil.
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    ok this maybe a stupid question but where are you refering to the"breeding tube"? Not sure where I am supposed to be looking.



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    the breeding tube is the little bump you see in the pic between the bottom front fins and the bottom back fin.....
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    Thanks, thats what i was thinking but really wanted to be sure.



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    there are a few "tricks" that some say will show you the gender of the angel when it is not breeding or in breeding mode, but they are usually false half of the time. the only 100% surefire way is to let them pair off on their own and then watch them breed.



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    I just wish it were easier to tell like it is on the platys, mollies etc.



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