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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-17-2011, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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Females flare?

Do female bettas ever flare their gills?
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-17-2011, 09:26 PM
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Yep, they sure do and it's really cute. Here is a photo of one of my past betta chicas flaring.
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oh my gosh they do! My friend has a sorority and her girls will flare at each other and sometimes if Im taking pictures of my sisters little Lucia she will flare at me.

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Yep, they sure do and it's really cute. Here is a photo of one of my past betta chicas flaring.
Well I'm confused then! My boyfriend recently bought me what I though was just a male, dragon colored plakat. His fins just seemed short, and I assumed it was male because it often flares at my other boys if I have their tanks close. It looks almost exactly like cambodian girl in your photo; as in body and fin length.

I'll get a picture tomorrow, could you give me an opinion on the gender?

(Adorable girls, by the way! )
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Well I'm confused then! My boyfriend recently bought me what I though was just a male, dragon colored plakat. His fins just seemed short, and I assumed it was male because it often flares at my other boys if I have their tanks close. It looks almost exactly like cambodian girl in your photo; as in body and fin length.

I'll get a picture tomorrow, could you give me an opinion on the gender?

(Adorable girls, by the way! )
Have you looked by it's ventrals to see if he/she has an egg spot sticking out? That might give you a slightly more definitive answer. :>

http://nippyfish.net/2006/07/16/sexi...he-ovipositor/ <- gives an example.



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I can't really tell if it has an egg spot. It has a pale body.
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check his ventrals and how he flares. Males have longer ventrals and flare sideways/ angle their bodies to look bigger. Females flare head on and have short ventrals

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I've decided that it's a girl :) Thanks for the tips.
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hey we still want to see said fish HAHA

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Sorry about the bad quality >.<

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