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Old 12-03-2012, 06:08 PM   #1 
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how can you tell?

I have a female betta. I got her when she was a baby and she is still growing I think. I'm not sure at what age they start holding eggs but how can you tell if its from eating too much or eggs? She sometimes gets into the shrimp and snail food so it could be that. Any help? I'll try to post a pic later tonight!
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:28 PM   #2 
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Females tend to always have eggs.. could try fasting her for a few days, if it's food it will pass, if it's eggs she'll probably absorb them.. then make more after a bit of time.

What food are you feed, how much and how often?
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:43 PM   #3 
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I feed her NLS pellets, 2-3 two times a day, I also feed her frozen brine shrimp as a treat 1-2 times a week (replacing one meal). Today is the second day I have fasted her, she still looks bloated but is acting fine. I believe she was bloated from eating a ghost shrimp I had in there, she no longer wanted to be friends I guess lol.
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:44 PM   #4 
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NLS pellets you should be feeding a minimum of 5 a day, so you're definitely not overfeeding.

Eating a shrimp could do it.. Can you tell if she's pooped after 2 days?
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:10 PM   #5 
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She is still pretty tiny so I'm slowly increasing the number of pellets. I also think she is too young to hold eggs...?? I have no clue. She did poop a lot when I fasted her. Today she pooped once. I'm gonna release her from her little cup that's floating in her tank in the morning. Hopefully she doesn't eat any more shrimp :/ just I continue feeding her the daily pellets?
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:18 AM   #6 
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If you look at her tummy in between her ventral fins does she have a white spot?
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:59 AM   #7 
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Yes she does. What is that? Is her stomach exploding? =o
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:56 AM   #8 
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Yes she does. What is that? Is her stomach exploding? =o
lol nooooo That's her ovipositer, or "egg spot"- where her eggs come out of. That means she's almost definitely female (not 100% though because I've heard that some young males can have a fake one).
Also I just re-read your original question and I misunderstood it the first time and I thought you were asking how to know if she was definitely female.
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:21 PM   #9 
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I'm sure she is a she lol. She is still so tiny! My baby is growing up. At what age to females become full grown? She is a bit over half an inch. Thank you guys for helping me! I was starving the poor girl lol.
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Old 12-05-2012, 02:05 AM   #10 
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I'm sure she is a she lol. She is still so tiny! My baby is growing up. At what age to females become full grown? She is a bit over half an inch. Thank you guys for helping me! I was starving the poor girl lol.
our female Freija was about your girl's size back in september, and she's pushing 2.5 inches BOL now, and so fat and eggy we've jokingly considered breeding her just to get her to drop some of em!
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