Good morning, all! I think this is the right spot for a post like this...
I seem to have my aquarium pretty well established by this point, haven't had anymore illnesses or odd behavior out of my little ones. But I have been finding myself curious as to what, exactly, my bettas are. They were all bought as "Petco Baby Betta"s, so they could be the strangest little mutts of all, but to be honest, I don't even know for certain what genders they are.
Gizmo I'm fairly certain is a female, because she has the thick body like people usually mention. I'm also fairly certain that she shares at least one parent with Shift(who I'll show next), but they were definitely different ages when I bought them at the same time(Shift was twice Gizmo's size at purchase). Gizmo is roughly 2.5" at the moment, all the others will be decreasing in size as we go.
Shift MIGHT have a little crowntail in her, but the spikes aren't extremely obvious. She has that double tip on her tail, though. Again, I say female because of the body shape, but I would love some input.
The name on this one was a little more obvious before he got all red. He has this beautiful iridescence on him in the right lighting, though it can usually be seen at the base of his tail and fins. I can't quite decide if this one is male or female, but the veiltail is fairly obvious in him. I refer to him as male because of the shape of his fins and his attitude towards the others. He's not so much aggressive as he likes to show off. Also, he's very active, and has actually jumped out of the aquarium before during feeding, thank god I saw it happen. Sorry for the less than great picture quality here. He does NOT sit still for long.
I believe that's Gizmo along the bottom.
And finally Skidjet. Possible veiltail with a recessive doubletail gene, but otherwise, NOT A CLUE. xD I'm referring to her as a she, but she's only an inch and a half long, so it might not be obvious for a while longer.
So, any ideas or theories as to what my little ones might be are welcome. FYI, yes, they are all in the same 20G high aquarium, along with 3 Cories and 5 Glowlight tetras. Initially it was out of necessity for the heated water, and the new betta would be isolated in a meshed off area. After some curiosity and flaring, they would seem to stop caring. As of now, Gizmo seems to be the queen bee, but everyone else seems to give and take, and I never have anything worse than a nipped fin. They will happily swim right up to eachother and almost seem to be schooling at times, especially if my hands are in the aquarium for any reason, so while I know some might be worried about having multiple bettas in the same aquarium, I SEEM to have a functioning sorority.