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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-23-2012, 06:22 AM Thread Starter
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Male or Female???

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How do you tell if bettas are male or female???
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-23-2012, 07:42 AM
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Males generally have longer fuller fins (even in the plakat variety) the females. Also, you ca sometimes find a small white dot near a female's anal fin called the ovipositer, although I have heard that this is not always the best indication of gender. If your fish flares, a male will have a very full "beard" while females generally do not. Hope that helped!!
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My fool-proof way is to check the length of the ventrals. Short and stout, its female, long and it's male :)

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Unless it's a juvenile, of course. On juvies, it can be really hard to tell. By 3+ months, though, it should become more obvious. :) Males and females also have different shaped anal fins. I *think* females have more pointed anal fins, whereas males are more squared off (for plakat males) but I can't remember for sure.

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