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Stage: 3 Short Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Dividing the stripes into groups of $8$, we could have $10$ groups of $8$ with $6$ left over.

If we add a stripe to $6$ groups of $8$ we will haveĀ $6$ males.

So there are $6$ males and $4$ females.

Therefore the ratio of male to female fish is $3:2$.


Alternatively, if there are f females and m males then $86=8f+9m=8(f+m)+m$.
Now $86=8\times 10+6=8 \times 9+14...$
Only the first of these is feasible so m=6 and f=4.
Therefore the ratio of male to female fish is $3:2$.


This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.