Help sexing angels

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  1. Ammar

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    Hi All, I got these 2 angels, the previous owner said they were male and female, haven't paired up, I have no clue how to sex these, any help would be great. first 2 pics are the same fish

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    I read that females will have a rounded body, both these are not so rounded!! have a feeling they both male :mad:
     
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    few years since keeping angels but i am with @Ammar i skim you got a sausage party goin on, i could very well be wrong !
     
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    Anyone?o_O
     
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    1st and 2nd pic looks female, cannot make out the other.
    How big/old are they?
     
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    At a guess I would say both female. The male usually (but not always) develops a small nuchal hump. In Angels it isn’t always as obvious as in other cichlids.

    The way to make sure would be to catch them and examine their “bits”. :oops:
    If they the same, then they are not a true pair. Plenty of diagrams and photos on the internet of what you are looking for.
     
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    thanks all, i will take them out and try get pics of their "bits" :p
     
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    Put beer in the one side of your tank and a ladies magazine in the other. Males will end up on the beer side while females on the magazine side. Its how I sex my cpds. True story.
     
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    :lol::lol::lol::lol:
     
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    LOL!!! Its worth a try!!
     
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    Just added a new angel to my other couple youngish ones and have been going through the same exercise. Besides the obvious stuff when you google 'sexing angel fish' (in particular a black and white line drawing will appear that shows the differences), I read that a pretty good additional reference is the leading edge of the bottom/ anal fin. It will be more obviously curved in a female, and a bit straighter in males. You have to factor in that their fins vary like crazy due to selective breeding as well, making it harder.

    Those two of yours are tricky, but the far right image to me looks like it may be a male based on the above. Ideally a perfect side profile photo would help though.
    My LFS sales guy told me how he had what he assumed were 2 adult same sex angels in his home tank for ages, then moved them to another tank and they suddenly started spawning. I guess due to ideal water parameters that were not in the previous tank :/
     
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    thanks @Cale24 , the angels now belong to @Barry Roux, this headache is off my shoulders :p
    im done with angels... for now at least
     

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