Hi again. I know this has been posted over.and over.and over. But I've got a cambodian over here that seems maleish, although I was told it was a female. This is a giant HMPK.
First question: can females have beards? This fish has one, dark red, same color as her fins. It's also prominent without flaring. I can't get her to flare. Also, there are no ventrals on this one to help me. AAARGH!
Second question: her anal fin is larger than her sisters'. She's only 12 weeks old, and I think it is going to grow out more. The other females I have show a short, knife-blade like anal fin. Hers is more flowing, reaching more than half of her tail.
Third question: Do giants take longer to grow up? These guys are 12 weeks and I still don't know the gender on this one. I didn't know my Sassy was a boy until his anal fin grew to be huge, which didn't happen until I isolated him.
In the meantime I've isolated this fish and am watching.
Soon, I'm going to stop spamming this place. Really. I just have so many questions with these babies, they are driving me crazy. But I have to admit it's kinda fun, raising little bettas!
EDIT: Photo 1: the beard
Photo 2: the fins, and some internal organs in the light