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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-03-2011, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
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Help! I think my female is actually male!

I bought some girls at a LFS and two were supposed to be veiltail females. But now that I've had them for a while, one of the girls has grown substantially and doesn't look quite like the other.

Her dorsal and anal fins have gotten much larger and the caudal fin is very round. The pelvic fins have also gotten much longer. She has quite a lot of color, mostly dark purples and reds with blue at the edges. At first I thought maybe she was a halfmoon female, but then the pelvic fins grew longer and the anal fin became more of a distinct triangle. I didn't see any pictures of a female with fins like that. I'm sorry, I don't have a way to take a photo of her at the moment.

I'm pretty new to raising bettas and there's a lot I don't know about them. Can some females get fins like that? Is there a specific way to determine the sex of a betta? My friend also has a veiltail female and neither of ours looks like this mystery betta!

I used this website's information: http://www.wikihow.com/Determine-the...f-a-Betta-Fish
Her fin shapes look like the male's. :(

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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-03-2011, 06:13 PM
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Yes, you probably have a male.

Sequin (m), Shortcake (f), Westley (m), and Sir Righty of Walton (m).
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Who am I? Well I am a Junior Member of the International Betta Congress and a breeder of white HMPKs, red dragon HMPKs, black/red dragon HMPKs, metallic multi HMPKs, blue masked HMPKs, and now multi color HMs. Soon to add black HMs. I will be showing in New Breeder class in fall of 2012.
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My friend bought a betta labeled vieltail female, but the fish had the same fins as my male betta has. It's so frustrating. You probably have a male, but I don't know the names of the fins, so i'm no authority on it.

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http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...e/DSC00192.jpg

Here's a picture. Sorry! It's blurry, but my camera's battery was dying and I couldn't wait for a nice shot.
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post #6 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-03-2011, 09:08 PM
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Female, definately female. To be sure, look for her ovidepositor between her pelvic fins. It'll sort of look like a grain of salt.

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That looks like a female, not a male.

Sequin (m), Shortcake (f), Westley (m), and Sir Righty of Walton (m).
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Yep, dont worry, you've got a female! :D
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post #9 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-03-2011, 09:26 PM
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Female!

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I am honestly not sure. I lean towards male becuase of the body shape.

Who am I? Well I am a Junior Member of the International Betta Congress and a breeder of white HMPKs, red dragon HMPKs, black/red dragon HMPKs, metallic multi HMPKs, blue masked HMPKs, and now multi color HMs. Soon to add black HMs. I will be showing in New Breeder class in fall of 2012.
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