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Old 03-29-2013, 05:36 PM   #1 
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ID My Tail Type

Here's a "I swear I will never buy a Petsmart betta again" 99 cent purchase. She's the 1st yellow female I've seen for sale in the stores- she's actually a yellow Dalmatian- it's hard to see her spots. Please excuse my miserable photography, but can you tell which tail type she is? I assumed she'd be a VT, but I've since purchased a yellow VT female from Aquabid, & they don't look at all alike. This fish is much younger than normal, or she may be lagging in the growth department.
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Old 03-29-2013, 05:44 PM   #2 
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It's hard to tell from the pick but I would say vt. How many rays does she have?
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Old 03-29-2013, 05:56 PM   #3 
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I can't possibly tell!
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Old 03-29-2013, 05:58 PM   #4 
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http://www.fishlore.com/fishforum/be...ale-betta.html

there you go, to me looks like vt
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:09 PM   #5 
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Her long dorsal is the giveaway, I think. But, her tail doesn't seem to be keeping pace.
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:14 PM   #6 
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Her's a VT I bought on Aquabid. She looks more like a he! S/he is in QT.
I love yellows. This one was advertised as 3 mo., 25 days.
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:21 PM   #7 
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That looks like spade tail to me. you dont see them very often. Not 100% sure tho.
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:31 PM   #8 
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looks vt to me, long, round pointy tail. That aquabid vt looks like a girl, you can see the eggs inside her
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:31 PM   #9 
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I thought she was a spade tail, too, but I'm no expert!!! It's a perfect spade shape. It's hard to tell what the shape of a VT is b/c they drape (at least in males).
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Old 03-29-2013, 07:13 PM   #10 
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Young male VTs often will have the spade tail look, but it's not a spade tail, it's actually a male VT who is a late bloomer - the dorsal, ventrals, anal fins are way too long for a VT girl, the body is elongated rather than stubby. I'm 99% sure it's a young male.. don't go by the ovi, as males will have that as well while young. Most likely this one is more laid back and has been hiding in the tank with the girls, which would cause his fins not to grow fully out, and him to have his ovi still. Most young males if kept in the tank with females for an extended time will be "late bloomers".

But that shape is a young male VT's shape of the tail before they grow out. Keep in mind, normally (not power grown like most of the bettas breeders do) it takes easily 9 months for the fish to mature and grow out.

Also keep in mind, if it is a VT girl, you just lost your chances of having HMs like in your avatar.. you'll end up with VTs, possibly a few deltas, but not sure on that.

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