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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-06-2013, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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Male or female??

Hello!! One of my Dragonscale/half moon bettas is showing traits of both male and female. (S)he never fought with any of his/her brothers or sisters so I put him/her with the females. (S)he has really long fins though(almost as long as his/her dad`s) and flares at the mirror also though! Is it possible I got a docile male or do females also have long fins and flare??


I named him/her GIRL though so I hope he/she is female =P
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A picture or three would really help us identify her/him. :)

Some signs of a male:
- A huge beard that extends under the chin (female bears only show to the sides and are not as large)
- A pointed anal fin (females have boxier fins)
- Long, fat ventral fins (females tend to have short, thin ones)
Of course, none of these are decisive, so a picture would really help. :)

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(S)he has a beard (it looks like it anyways) boxy anal fin, and thin ventral fins. Sorry the pictures suck but my camera isn`t very good.
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7 month doubletail male
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1 year doubletail male
2 year delta male
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Looks female to me. Put her next to dad and see if she gets breeding stripes, she looks really eggy to me so I bet she would

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Yeah, she looks like a girl to me, too. :) Just with some epic finnage!

Btw, aggression is not a great indicator either. :) You can get some very chilled males (e.g. I knew one who lived with male guppies and angelfish) and some super aggressive girls.

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Butch girl :)
Ive had a very aggro girl before, she had no mercy on anyone and had to be treated like a boy

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Yeah, she looks like a girl to me, too. :) Just with some epic finnage!

Btw, aggression is not a great indicator either. :) You can get some very chilled males (e.g. I knew one who lived with male guppies and angelfish) and some super aggressive girls.
+1 I have one of each of these examples! lol

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Looks female to me. Put her next to dad and see if she gets breeding stripes, she looks really eggy to me so I bet she would
Thanks everyone for your input. I tried this and she got breeding stripes!! Yay! she is a girl! These are her parents in case you were wondering =) His fins are a little beat up because his breeding female is aggressive.
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While we're on the topic (and no intentions on thread jacking here) but are females really the only ones that can get STRESS STRIPES? Not to be confused w/ breeding stripes.
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While we're on the topic (and no intentions on thread jacking here) but are females really the only ones that can get STRESS STRIPES? Not to be confused w/ breeding stripes.
As far as I can tell, yes =)

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