Conflicting Info on Sexing Bolivian Rams
Hey all, I got two juvenile Bolivian Rams a few months ago, and they are very happy in my 60g, have colored up so much compared to at the shop, and eating like pigs. Now that they've grown a bit, I can see that one is getting very distinctive extensions on the tail, like I would associate with a male's finnage on other dwarf cichlids.
So, if this was an apisto or GBR, I would just assume that one was male. However, I have read several places that in Bolivians, the female gets the finnage and stronger coloration, similar to kribensis. So, who is the girl? The "fancy" one, or the simple-finned one?
Both are mainly silver, black and yellow colored with the red in the fins, regular "not spawning" colors, no significant color difference between them right now.
This isn't my first time keeping the species, but I kept single fish in the past and didn't much care what gender they were since they weren't going to breed all on their own. Now, I see the two I have are following eachother around, hanging out very close, and generally acting like they are bonding as a pair (I'll note that in the store, I got them both instead of just one because they were getting along very well and didn't seem to be engaging in territory disputes). I think they are still a bit young to spawn, though there are a ton of stones in there, and even a cave, in the event they decide to. But if I can figure out who my girl is, I can watch for her to look gravid ahead of time.