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Old 04-05-2013, 08:46 PM   #1 
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Male or female EE?

I bought Blanca here as a VT female at Petco. I had to snap her up, because when else was I going to get an EE for under $3? Anyway I knew she wasn't a VT and since getting her home have started to wonder if she is a she.

I put Blanca in a sorority with 3 other females. At first she was the mother hen of the group and would break up fights. Than I had to remove one of the females because the others were ready to kill her. When the sorority had 3 females (I know it need 4 min) Blanca built a large bubble nest, taking up a quarter of the tank. After building her nest she stood guard and if another female came anywhere near her she attacked and chased them all over the tank. In the end I broke up that sorority because the females I had just were not going to live together.

When I put Blanca in a divided tank with a male (tried this with 3 males and got the same reaction every time) they would go nose to nose at the divider. While the male flared up Blanca would just look at them, then swim away. I have only ever seen her flare when I had her in the sorority and she was breaking up a fight our guarding her nest.

I know there's a lot of more educated people on here and likely have a better idea than me of the sex of Blanca. After seeing her reaction to other males I strongly lean towards her being a female. I haven't been able to get a pic of her flaring, but here are some of my best pictures of her. Does anyone have a pic of a male EE? Maybe if I could compare it would help me be sure.

My other question is what kind of EE is she? Plakat (sp?)? HM? Delta? Something else altogether?
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:23 PM   #2 
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Male hmpk :) Real nice colour too
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:34 PM   #3 
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I have a male HMPKEE and he has much longer fins so I think she is a HMPKEE but female
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:10 PM   #4 
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here's my male HMPKEE for your comparison
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:11 PM   #5 
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jessan, any chance you have a picture of your boy I can see?

trilobite, thank you. I am trying to figure out for sure what I have here so maybe (s)he can be breed.
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:15 PM   #6 
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here's my male HMPKEE for your comparison
First, I love how your nail polish matches your betta!

looking at your really makes me doubt Blanca is an HMPKEE that for sure, but I don't think (s)he's HM at all. Her tail does not spread 180 degrees.
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:29 PM   #7 
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It looks like it will when he flares. He has a lot of branching in his tail and most if not all EE ares hmpk or hm.
Heres one of my males who could reach 180 when flared doing the same pose as your one
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my male EE plakat but not sure if he was halfmoon:

forgot to say I think yours is a male too, how long are the ventrals?

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my male EE plakat but not sure if he was halfmoon:

forgot to say I think yours is a male too, how long are the ventrals?
The ventral aren't quite as long as any posted here. The second to last pic shows them hanging down, only reason I posted that fuzzy one was because you can kinda see the ventrals.

If it comes down to it & I don't figure it out before hand when I am ready to spawn I will set it up and test her out. Let the male swim free & put her in a chimney. See if she fills with eggs and he builds a nest.
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here is Mason I know this isn't the best but now that he has a bigger tank its hard to get a good pic of him!

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