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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-02-2016, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
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So I had bought a baby betta about a little over a month ago and have been raising her in my quarantine tank, and was waiting until she was fully grown to add her to my community tank along with another female to total three and start my sorority. Unfortunately Mew, my adult veiltail passed away the day after I picked up another baby girl, and just moved the baby into a breeder box in the community to get Mew used to her. I now have baby girl #1 stuck in a breeder box, and baby girl #2 in quarantine, but no third to add to the community. The only way I can proceed is to release baby girl #1 into the community and put baby girl #2 into the breeder box. My question is... Are they old enough to be in a community? I cannot know age for sure but the pictures should help. Also if you have any suggestions for names, please chime in.

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-02-2016, 12:47 PM
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Ah, baby girl #1 is actually a young male. I can't see #2 well enough to judge it just yet. Can you take pictures with flash as well? Ones that aren't blurry?

I would not add either to a sorority situation when you finally have enough girls. Babies should be adult size before joining larger females ideally. So technically, no babies in a sorority; it can harm their growth and cause stunting as well as other damage in the end if they are the last in the hierarchy.

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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-02-2016, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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Crap, how can you tell/confirm #1 is a male? This throws a massive wrench in my plans if it is, lol. I'll try to get a better picture of #2. And note, With Mew passing away the other day, these are the only two bettas I have.

BTW, #1 is the one I mentioned in this thread.

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I got more pics of baby #2



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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-02-2016, 10:33 PM
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Look closely at both babies. Girls will have round little bellies, room for eggs, where boys will be relatively straight from gill to tail. Girls will have short spike ventrals, boys will be longer, more graceful and blade shaped, ideally. Males tend to have heavier jaws too. And, when looking at them from above, males will be kind of lean and long, girls tend to be plump and kind of wedge shaped.

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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-02-2016, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
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It's hard for me to tell because both of them move too much, and to top it off I'm bad at things like this.

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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-02-2016, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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But from what it seems #1 is male, and #2 is female?

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#2 is definitely female. I can't get a good look at #1 belly and ventrals, but it does look masculine. Could be a masculine female, most likely it's male though, the ventrals are pretty long and tapering.

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#1 does have the egg spot if that helps, but I see what you mean about it looking slender compared to #2.

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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-02-2016, 10:58 PM
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Young males will have false egg spots which go away with maturity. If #1 looks slender compared to #2 he's most likely male. The more you compare them the better you'll get at spotting the differences.

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