how can you determine the sex of a green terror?


Superstar Fish
Mar 30, 2004
thats right! another thread by fishdude07! lol, anyways, i was just curious to know if you can determine the sex of a green terror just by looking at it. can you? if so, what are the differences in appearance between the male and female?

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Superstar Fish
Oct 22, 2002
Ft. Worth, TX
You can easily tell the differences between a male and a female GT. It's moderately difficult until they are of age, or about 3" or larger.

The male has long, flowing fins that will sometimes exceed the length of his caudal (tail) fin. His color will bright, and his body will be slender but stocky (in typical cichlid fashion). I think that only the male has blue coloration on his gill plates (do not use this particular indicator when selecting young as the LFS).

The female will have rounded fins that are not nearly as long, flowing, and pointed as the male. Her body will be plump, and will not grow to be as large as the male. Coloration will be bland, lacking the sparkly color the male has.

Hope this helps :)