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Old 08-24-2012, 06:25 PM   #1 
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Fry sizes and sex

Is there any relation in fry sizes to sex of fry?

Right now my fry are about 3 weeks old. As an experiment I want to put half the fry in an outside grow out tub at my parents house. Which got me thinking. If I took all of the smaller ones out would I be eliminating a lot of one sex?
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Old 08-24-2012, 10:06 PM   #2 
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Size has nothing to do with sex. Some eat more and grow faster, regardless of sex. But separating the bigger from the smaller ones is a good idea - it gives the smaller ones a better chance to grow.
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At 3 weeks it's impossible to tell, at least for me. And the sizes at this point won't give you a clue to sex. However, it's a good idea to separate the little ones because the bigger boys secrete a hormone that suppresses the growth of the smaller fish. When the small ones are removed, that hormone is not present so they can catch up in their growth.

At 6 weeks you will start to see some aggression and need to begin separating further. Serious aggression is a clue to a fish being male, but not a sure thing - females can be really dominant.

At about 2-2.5 months you'll start seeing clear differentiation in body and fin shape, the females will have egg spots on their bellies and some will have vertical stripes; and the males will start to have enough tail branching that you can just tell. For me, it was practically an overnight thing where *bam* the males were suddenly obvious and their growth seemed to reach hyperspeed.
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