Please help have 3 cichlasoma boliviense

10 years 6 months ago #20159 by mr.fish
thank you very much for all your help so far   this is my sons new hobby and we both appreciate the help  this picture is of the one in the community tank I will try to get a photo of the other 2 but they hide a lot ( very hard to take pictures of fish  has been quite entertaining)  are they easy or hard breeders in tanks   will post pics as soon as I can

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10 years 6 months ago #20156 by Nuchal Man
I'd need a better photo and preferable all the fish in one picture to judge the size, trailers, etc. Sexing Ports can be difficult as the dimorphism isn't always clear cut. Your best bet is to look at the tubes if you think they are going to spawn soon. Otherwise, size and trailers, but using size and fins is not a for sure way to sex the fish.

The fish do look like C. boliviense.

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10 years 6 months ago - 10 years 6 months ago #20153 by mr.fish
based on the picture is this a male or female  thank you for your help  was I right on the species
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10 years 6 months ago #20152 by Nuchal Man
The fish losing color like that isn't surprising. It was typical stress color for a port cichlid type.

C. boliviense are very similar to Ports C. portulagrensis and are sexed the same way. It's not always easy to tell in port types, but males should be larger and more slender. females will have a rounder body shape, especially if they are close to laying eggs. Males also may get some long trailers to the fins. There really is no sure way to sex them unless you see tubes down on the fish.

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10 years 6 months ago #20149 by Mbamba
Do you happen to have any pics?

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10 years 6 months ago - 10 years 6 months ago #20148 by mr.fish
Hi I have purchased 3 Bolivian cichlids ( NOT RAMS) the breeder told me that there were 2 females and 1 male   We put them in their own tank in hopes of them breeding but 2 were picking on one so badly that we had to take this poor fish out and put it in our community tank.  I can not tell which is male or female.  Is there anyone out there that can help me identify the sex of these three.  Also, last night the one that I put in the community tank lost all its color ( the fish had 4 black veritcal lines on it with the top of head looking flesh colored).  Today the fish looks normal again.  Very confusing!!!  I am new to the cichlid world. Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks
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