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Old 07-19-2012, 09:30 PM   #1 
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Female Bettas and Beards?

So I know female betta's arent supposed to have beard but I do have a female that has a little one. I know it's female since I've seen her get eggy and she works well in a sororiety regardless of how big she is. (I think she might be a female king)

I only had 3 girls in my sororiety and I knew that wasn't a good number so I picked up another one at petsmart for a dollar, problem is she seems to have a little beard too. So I'm doubting her womanhood.

I'll try to get a picture of her/him flaring but she/he doesn't want to flare again since I first put it in the tank. It did flare with its head down like a girl would tho. I have it separated in a floating breeder container for now.

What are the odds of me getting two bearded ladies? Is there a way to differentiate a female beard from a male's beard.

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Old 07-19-2012, 09:33 PM   #2 
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Females have beards, and they do flare, though usually not as often. Female beards are a lot smaller is all.
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Old 07-19-2012, 09:34 PM   #3 
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Some just have large beards. They are fairly common. Here's a pic of one of my females... She is a definite female BTW as she's dropped eggs before

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Old 07-19-2012, 09:36 PM   #4 
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I think its the conditions they're raised in. My girls always have big beards like Mo's girl.
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Old 07-19-2012, 09:43 PM   #5 
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That is a gorgeous female Mo!

Thanks I'll give the new girl the benefit of the doubt then and let her go.

Another question... what's the average size of a female betta? Is there one? I didn't realize how big my Isabetta was until I added other females to her tank. XD
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A show male has to be at least 1.5 inches. Females are 1.25. Most pet store girls are tiny.
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Old 07-19-2012, 09:52 PM   #7 
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So a female betta over 2 inches long excluding the tail is definitely bigger then average? Heh She's even bigger then all my males.

I never really realized how much she's grown while I've had her until I started the sororiety.

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