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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 11-25-2012, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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Betta imbellis?

So I recently tossed a new female into my sorority....this new female was purchased at a LFS in chinatown where the owners don't know much about bettas other than being a betta of some sort. After I took a closer look at the fish inside my tank, I realized it is probably not a betta splendens but a betta imbellis rather.

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Look slike it to me, though I'm told buying an imbellus in a store is rare...

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Thank you. I just wanted to make sure I'm not going crazy here....I mean, I swear this fish doesn't have the kind of curves (no pun) my other females have. And I feed them all the same amount.
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That might be a male! Someone more experience should come along to confirm or deny. Do you see a white spot between her ventrals?
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That might be a male!
I can already reassure you this fish is DEFINITELY A FEMALE. I spotted her ovipositor (not visible in these photos) and is easily seen whenever she swims verticle up against the glass.

Again, her body is just not alike the other females at all! She belly does not buldge out no matter how much I stuff her with food....it just doesn't look like a splendens female belly. Only female imbellis usuall look this flat to me.
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Have no fear wild betta specialist is here. sorry to say but he is not an imbellis but rather a mixed Splenden and also dont have a lot of pure blood in him too. The pictures below will describe to you what an imbellis and a pureblood splendens difference is




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I can already reassure you this fish is DEFINITELY A FEMALE. I spotted her ovipositor (not visible in these photos) and is easily seen whenever she swims verticle up against the glass.

Again, her body is just not alike the other females at all! She belly does not buldge out no matter how much I stuff her with food....it just doesn't look like a splendens female belly. Only female imbellis usuall look this flat to me.
hes a male no doubt about that. Hes got every male feature

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hes a male no doubt about that. Hes got every male feature
Ok, so how do you explain the ovipositor I see on her? Sorry my pics don't show the right angle. Do you need me to post a photo of her female parts to believe me?

Oh yeah, for the record....I was never looking for an imbellis, this was purely accidentally and I'm actually looking for splendens for my sorority.

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Yes. I have heard of males with them.
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Okay first off males only have long ventral fins like this guy Also males can fully open thier gill cover like this guy males have the red line at the bottom of thier gill cover when they flare. If you dont believe me take him out of the big tank put him in a 1gallon tank and let him stay in there for a week or so then take a female out of the tank put her inside a jar next to him he will flare and make a bubble nest


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