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    I purchased two GT about 6 months ago and one is about 4 times the size of the other. The one is close to 6 inches and the other is still around 3 inches. The little one is eating the same. Just wondering if any one has an idea as to why the size difference.

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    Could be a genetically smaller fish. *shrugs

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    how big is you tank? i think i remember a study that a fish who can think of being alpha will grow faster than the same fish. or was it one fish creating dominance can cause a stunted growth for a while... TBH i dont remember it completely and i defiantly cant provide a source at this point but it could be a theory... i do know GT's can be aggressive
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    Agreed. Apart from genetics, dominance is usually the cause. Is the larger fish dominant?
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    They are in a 72 gallon right now. The larger one might be a bit more aggressive but I also have a couple yellow labs that I stuck in the tank but they do not even blink an eye at them. I inherited an 8" Oscar that is now in the tank and even he is very docile. I have never seen any war wounds on any of the fish. 1 Oscar, 2 GT, 2 Yellow Labs and 3 Silver dollars in the tank. I am assuming that is just genetics and not real worried about it. Thanks for the replies!

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    One is male, the 2nd is female. I could be wrong but they strongly look like the opposite sex.

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    Sandz is correct. Sexual dimorphism. The male can be a 12" fish and the gal a 4" fish with this species. You most likely will notice other features that will support this. The fins are rounder, the over all coloration less intense, head structure may be different.

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    Thank you for the replies. I did not realize there could be that much difference in the size of the fish between the two genders.

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    Seems a bit over stocked

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