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Old 01-31-2013, 06:45 PM   #1
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Sexing fire red shrimp




I was picking up some fire red from LFS and had a hard time sexing them. Their size and colour are similar. I can't see any saddle, and none of them seemed berried. I was shooting for 2 males and 2 females. But aside from the female second from the left, I am not sure about the rest. What do you guys think?
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Old 01-31-2013, 06:48 PM   #2
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All look female to me, cant really tell the one on the far right.
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:08 PM   #3
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I agree with steven, they all look like females to me.
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My previous batch of sakuras are all females, and now this.

This would be weird, there are many tanks of fire red in that LFS. I don't think I saw any that is obviously male, all of them look pretty much like those. So I thought it can't be that hundreds of them are all of them are females. I heard that higher grade reds can have males that are really red, so...
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:28 PM   #5
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Another picture.

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Old 01-31-2013, 07:29 PM   #6
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They are female
Male has less red color than female
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Ok, thanks guys.

Is this male or female?

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Also quoting http://www.planetinverts.com/FireRedShrimp.html

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Sexing becomes increasingly difficult the higher the grade of the Fire Red, in lower grades the females show obvious saddles and the males are much lighter in color, when you move up to painted fire reds it can be near impossible to tell apart the males and females unless the female is berried or both are fully grown and then the male is a bit smaller.
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Ok, thanks guys.

Is this male or female?

That looks like a male.
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My previous batch of sakuras are all females, and now this.

This would be weird, there are many tanks of fire red in that LFS. I don't think I saw any that is obviously male, all of them look pretty much like those. So I thought it can't be that hundreds of them are all of them are females. I heard that higher grade reds can have males that are really red, so...
LFS usually bring in only females. Prettier ones are easier to sell. Occasionally you will find male, but you have to look really hard.

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That looks like a male.
And a different species too.
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:19 PM   #11
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Ok, thanks guys.

Is this male or female?

That doesn't even look like a cherry.
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:19 PM   #12
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That looks like a male.
Hmmm.... could still be female IMHO. Males looked more speckled color and not as solid red to me
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:42 PM   #13
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Even in really high grades of cherries you can usually tell males from females by the shape of the underside of the tail. All the cherries in your pic look like females to me. Their tails are thick and rounded on the bottom, to carry eggs. Males have much thinner tails and the bottom line of their tale curves up instead of down. Also, your cherries would have to be REALLY high grade to get to the point where the males would be opaque and as colorful as the females. Hope that helps.
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:02 PM   #14
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Yeah, the females have little pot bellies and the males are flat or even curved upwards slightly. Like the others said, they are usually not a well colored as the females.
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one more note: i also found it much easier to sex adult shrimp. the younger they are, the unpredictable is (e.g., females can color up later as adults and it's hard to judge the curvature of the tail when they are young)
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