Can anyone guess the genders of any of my Goldfish?


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Hello,
In my larger pond, I have 4 Goldfish ( 1 shubunkin 2 comets and 1 common) with the oldest and largest (the yellow comet) being 10+ years old and the other 3 being around 5 years old. Whilst doing a clean on the pond today I got them all out and got some pictures for the first time in a while so I just wondered if anyone here would be able to determine any of their genders as I've never been able to work them out despite countless youtube videos and research of how to do so.
 

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Tbh I doubt anyone here will be able to sex them. ( I could be very wrong though irdk ) Any reason you are wanting to know?
 
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There's no particular reason I want to know I'm just interested since I've had them for a while and always wondered which ones are male and female. Plus they have had fry before and I was wondering which ones might be the parents.
 

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There's no particular reason I want to know I'm just interested since I've had them for a while and always wondered which ones are male and female. Plus they have had fry before and I was wondering which ones might be the parents.
Solid reasoning. I hope someone on here can be of some more help than myself!
 

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Hello and welcome. Have you ever had babies as long as you’ve had these fish? If no babies, then you can be pretty sure that whatever gender they are, they‘re probably all the same.
 
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Could the yellow goldfish be showing a female 'outie' vent?
Its best seen in the 4th and 14th shots, but it isn't that obvious and I am by no means certain.
 
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and welcome @GoldFishy12

You can tell sometimes when you see fish chasing fish. At spawning time the males will chase the females. Watch closely and you might see this w/the same fish often.

Also the males get white tiny bumps on the sides of their gills, heads and pectoral fins called spawning tubercles. Just before a female is ready to lay her eggs she will get quite plump. Sometimes the females before they spawn will kind of hide and then the males will come after she deposits her eggs and put their bodies towards where the eggs are laid and wiggle and fertilize the eggs w/sperm. The water gets foamy,cloudy bubbles in the spawning areas. You have to be quite watchful to see all this happening and it's an off and on thing in late Spring or Summer but then it depends on what your weather is like where you live or if the fish are inside or out.
 
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My guesses, and they are only that. The yellow comet looks male to me. The red and white shubunkin I would say is female and the common as well.

I'm on the fence with the solid red one. I don't have a particular feeling either way on that one.

I go more by body type than anything else, unless I can see the breeding chase. Even then, the males can get so worked up that they chase each other.

But if one or more fish keeps pressing into another one, or sandwiching another fish, the one being pushed around or sandwiched in the middle will be the female.
 
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My guesses, and they are only that. The yellow comet looks male to me. The red and white shubunkin I would say is female and the common as well.

I'm on the fence with the solid red one. I don't have a particular feeling either way on that one.

I go more by body type than anything else, unless I can see the breeding chase. Even then, the males can get so worked up that they chase each other.

But if one or more fish keeps pressing into another one, or sandwiching another fish, the one being pushed around or sandwiched in the middle will be the female.
Thank you! I have tried to watch the fish in the breeding season before to see which ones are chasing which to try and work out their genders but they always seem to be chasing each other randomly and never a particular fish, so your comment about males chasing each other definitely makes it make more sense now.
 
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No breeding tubercles (or breeding stars) appear to be visible now, but their presence will vary with season and also the amount will vary on different males. Some males don't form tubercles, and occasionally some females do. Have you ever seen tubercles on your goldfish?
 
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No breeding tubercles (or breeding stars) appear to be visible now, but their presence will vary with season and also the amount will vary on different males. Some males don't form tubercles, and occasionally some females do. Have you ever seen tubercles on your goldfish?
I personally have not seen tubercles on any of my goldfish before although this might just be a case of me not actively checking for them enough. However, I will try this summer to look out for them and possibly get them out again and get pictures if I think they have any.
 

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