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Firewolf
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male or female?
« on: October 23, 2010, 08:57:12 PM »

i'm getting two goldfish tomorrow how can i select a healthy male and female? how do you tell?
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Novaguin
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Re: male or female?
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2010, 10:04:58 PM »

It's really impossible. You'll have to wait until they're 3-4 years old. The males will develop little white pimple like things when they want to uuh...release the unborn.
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Nossie
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Re: male or female?
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2010, 03:59:31 AM »

You can't do that in a pet shop, the best thing you can do is to buy them in bunches and hope that some will be females Wink
They're usually too young to determine gender when sold.
But if you want to try, you could look at their vent, on females it's round and slightly protruding, while on males it's more like an oval.
Later on when they'll be in breeding mood, the males will develop breeding tubercles, that look like white little pimples on their gill covers and front ray of the pectoral fin, while females will fill up with eggs and get rounder around her belly.
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Hanna
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Re: male or female?
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2010, 06:12:44 AM »

Some pet shops already sell goldfish where you can tell the gender: breeding stars on gill covers and first ray of their pectoral fins, also those fins are much pointier.

Females with protruding vent and first ray of the ventral fin very stiff, also pectoral fins more round.
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Hanna
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Re: male or female?
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2010, 06:14:01 AM »

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i'm getting two goldfish tomorrow how can i select a healthy male and female? how do you tell?

What about the tanksize you mentioned in other threads? Or DO you have a pond?
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fantailer
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Re: male or female?
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2010, 06:33:06 AM »

It's hard to tell so Iwould:

Choose two that are
swimming straight
fins are straight
doesn't have any diseases
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