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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 06-09-2011, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
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Do female bettas build bubblenests?

I have a young betta (from NIB's black fire spawn) who I am still trying to determine gender on. This is Chameleon... he/she is probably the most aggressive of the 7 I received from the spawn (except for Fuego, the obviously male betta), and today I found a small bubble nest in his/her container. Is that my answer right there? Or do females also build bubble nests?


The nest is in the back, so hard to see in the pic. But there are also those bubbles up front, which could be a small nest or just bubbles...
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post #2 of 38 (permalink) Old 06-09-2011, 09:01 PM
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yep! my Caroline builds them all the time. :d mainly when she's about to drop her eggs. bubble nests aren't a good way to determine male from female, imo. Caroline's are tiny, but she even puts eggs in the nest and tends to them for a few hours.
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hmmmmm! ok. :) Let the pondering continue. Thanks :)

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Females can build nest, especially the more aggressive ones. This one is shaped like a female... but those ventrals are pretty male-like... Any luck finding an oviposter? 2 of my girls from NIB are showing their's already.

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Nope, I can't see one on any of mine... :/ I think I have 1 maybe 2 males and the rest I think are females. But this one is one that I think could be male. The other one I am almost positive is a male, just because of the fins being longer.

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I ended up 50/50, 3 males and 3 females. One appeared to be female until just yesterday and now I'm pretty sure she is a he... They just like to keep you guessing!

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:) I guess so! I will probably be guessing for awhile, since 2 are very teensy tiny. The rest are halfway there to adult size.

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I dunno... looks male to me. Your just going to have to wait and see how his/her fins develop.

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Hmmm... interesting. Any other opinions?

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Although females can build nests, it looks like a well fed male to me.
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