I'm beginning to think that Fishy, my male dragon scale Betta is really in fact a female dragon scale Betta. I've noticed a tiny white spot which may be an egg spot, but I've been told that males sometimes get white spots there too. Also the forward fins seem to be shorter than what I would expect on a male. He (she?) has been recovering from velvet and also a jump out of the tank so the fins are not at their full glory. However Fishy has become very happy and spunky once again and is recovering nicely. I put a mirror in front of him today for the first time and there was NO flaring at all, just an obvious curiosity. When my hand slipped and the mirror suddenly moved toward the tank, Fishy darted and hid. This is not typical male behavior is it? I can't get a good picture because Fishy is very camera shy. What other tell tale signs are there?
Oh, and yes there are bubbles in the tank, but not nearly as many as I have seen other males do. Of course, Fishy is still healing and if he is a male, may not be feeling up to making big bubble nests yet.
I'm having the exact same problem. I have what i think is a female (has a small beard though), very aggressive, flares all the time and i've been told she's a female. now my new male is so very timid, hasn't flared once and hides.
I think without pictures it's going to be hard to tell.
I apologize for the poor quality, they were taken with my cell phone. Only one picture comes close to the true flooring. The fins are faded at the moment due to the recent illness and jump. There are also vertical stripes where the true color is beginning to come back. One of the pictures shows a very obvious white spot where the egg spot should be. Again, there is no flaring with a mirror. I have however seen a small bit of flaring when I nudged him(her) off of the top of the heater when s/he was sick. I didn't notice a beard.