Let’s take a closer look…
To tell the sexes apart, you need to look at the male’s bill and the female’s throat area. The male has a larger bill (usually about one and a half times as long as the Female’s throat) with straight edges and a sharp point at the end; this is what he uses to peck flowers for food. The female’s bill is smaller, has more curved edges and doesn’t have a point – she mostly eats insects or other small animals. Her throat area also has some subtle differences: in males, there are three light brown spots near each corner of the mouth; these get progressively darker towards the centre of her throat, while in females they’re absent or much smaller.
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the best cichlid for a beginner may vary depending on the individual’s level of experience and expertise. However, some basic rules of thumb that can generally apply to all cichlids are as follows: First and foremost, always use caution when handling cichlids – they can be extremely unpredictable and dangerous if mishandled. Secondly, research which cichlid species is being suggested for purchase or adoption before making a decision – not all peacock cichlids are known for their excellent beginner qualities. Finally, take note of specific feeding guidelines that pertain to each species – some are more aggressive than others and may require different foods than what would be recommended for other fish.
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