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How to tell if a Raphael Catfish is male or female?

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How to tell if a Raphael Catfish is male or female?

Postby Phoxinus » Thu Nov 27, 2008 4:42 pm

Anyone knows? The Raphaels (Platydoras costatus) in the aquariúm store are 6-8cm in lenght. I would like to get a pair.

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Re: How to tell if a Raphael Catfish is male or female?

Postby Yann » Thu Nov 27, 2008 8:30 pm

Hi!!

if you had check the cat elog page on the fish Platydoras armatulus, you would have seen that the sexing is unknown...plus 6-8cm fish are juvenils therefore too young to be sex if a way for so was known...

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Re: How to tell if a Raphael Catfish is male or female?

Postby worton[pl] » Thu Nov 27, 2008 9:37 pm

Hey,

you may also check this article:

http://www.planetcatfish.com/shanesworl ... cle_id=298

there is a short section about sexing Doradidae :)
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Re: How to tell if a Raphael Catfish is male or female?

Postby Phoxinus » Tue Dec 16, 2008 1:20 pm

I heard that the male raphael catfish has black belly and the female has white belly. Does this make any sense?

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Re: How to tell if a Raphael Catfish is male or female?

Postby Richard B » Tue Dec 16, 2008 1:52 pm

Phoxinus wrote:I heard that the male raphael catfish has black belly and the female has white belly. Does this make any sense?



I wouldn't trust this as a key to differentiating the sexes :(
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Re: How to tell if a Raphael Catfish is male or female?

Postby Chrysichthys » Tue Dec 16, 2008 3:16 pm

As far as I know they all have white bellies.
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Re: How to tell if a Raphael Catfish is male or female?

Postby Marc van Arc » Tue Dec 16, 2008 4:23 pm

Phoxinus wrote:I heard that the male raphael catfish has black belly and the female has white belly. Does this make any sense?


This makes sense to such extent that some people (among whom Sidguppy and myself) thought it was a sexual difference, but it has never been proven to be correct (nor to be wrong afaik). This was a long time ago btw. I thought I had a pair based on the top view shape (as in Corys), in which the male specimen had a jet black belly.
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Re: How to tell if a Raphael Catfish is male or female?

Postby Phoxinus » Sun Dec 21, 2008 9:26 pm

Finally I got my Raphael Catfishes. Both have white bellies so I paid more attention on their body shape. Hopefully I got a pair. :thumbsup:

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Re: How to tell if a Raphael Catfish is male or female?

Postby hotsauce4887 » Thu Jan 15, 2009 5:49 pm

the females will be slightly more plump
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Re: How to tell if a Raphael Catfish is male or female?

Postby ahodge84 » Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:34 am

I know they are common fish, but I still love them! Nice buys! (hope you got your pair...)

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Re: How to tell if a Raphael Catfish is male or female?

Postby Phoxinus » Sat Feb 07, 2009 4:24 pm

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