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Old 10-02-2012, 04:02 PM   #11 
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And by flooring I meant coloring. My autocorrect changed it.
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:28 AM   #12 
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At this point, I'm fairly convinced that Fishy is a she. I tried another mirror experiment in case the bow of the aquarium wasn't showing a true reflection. I shined a flashlight onto the back of the aquarium so that the entire back was acting as a mirror. Once again, Fishy looked at the reflection with curiosity, but no flaring at all. Fishy went straight up to the reflection and looked and looked, moved around a bit, and continued looking.
Well, boy or girl, Fishy is here to stay, but I am a little upset with the Pet Smart employees insisting it was a male. And I suppose as far as my son is concerned (since technically it's his fish, even though I'm more emotionally invested), it's a boy. I tried to say it might be a girl and he adamantly declared it wasn't, so I guess we'll continue to call it a boy but it's really a girl, unless, Fishy proves me otherwise.
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:56 AM   #13 
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Yeah, you mentioned vertical stripes. Only females get those when they are ready to breed.
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:21 PM   #14 
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Ok, so a little while ago, Fishy flared at me and it looked like there was a beard. I really don't know what to think now :/
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:32 PM   #15 
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the ventrals definitely say female, as does the anal fin, although that could be a wild-type trait. i've seen rounded anals like that on males before, but overall she screams female to me. i think you're right about the suspected ovipositor (egg spot) as well, it's right where you'd expect to find it.
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