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Old 04-30-2013, 01:24 AM   #1 
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Male Plakat or Female betta? So confused.

After my aunt gave me my fish, Ravi(still don't know if he is a Super delta or HM) about two Saturdays ago, my cousin (asked me two days) didn't want his bettas anymore and I couldn't say no. .___. So I have three female bettas, and I want to try make a sorority with them and probably 3 or 4 more females in a 10 gallon. BUT... one of the 'female' looks like a male. .___. Actually, not just looks but I have a feeling that s/he is a he. Probably because of how aggressive s/he is, so kind of a lose-lose for me? I have a spare tanks, but not heaters. I can't tell apart male plakat and regular females. And I can't trust petco/smart labels. As all the fishes he got were labeled veiltail, but all of them are crowntail.

So can you guys help me identify this little fish?


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Old 04-30-2013, 02:06 AM   #2 
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Looks like a male. I Don't see an eggspot
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Old 04-30-2013, 06:20 PM   #3 
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get him/her to flare and look at the size of the beard that's usually a good indicator
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Old 04-30-2013, 06:34 PM   #4 
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Actually the beard isn't a good indicator either unfortunately. One of my girls has quite an impressive beard actually!

But it looks like a male to me, the body proportions and the fact it looks as though he doesn't have an eggspot either as MattsBettas had suggested.
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:16 PM   #5 
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I guess I'll get another heater then... Ravi looks too happy to share his tank :/ But I'll post more picture in a few minutes, but I honestly don't blame Petco this time. I looked up on the site on how to differentiate from a male PK and a regular female, but I was just left more confused before I started to look them up.
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Ugg yeah, I tried that search too and came up with the same results lol, it can be so difficult!
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Hmm, makes it more confusing when I read "Look for this and this, then it's a female." 'Check.' Then I scroll down for the male "Look for this and this." Check.... -.-

Also for the eggspot, I was also looking for it and I found like a small dot, but it doesn't really 'stick' out from underneath. I dunno if it's the egg spot for just the color of that spot. So, I'll guess I'll be cautious and place it in it's own tank...
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It's hard to tell the genders some times lol.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:43 PM   #9 
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So what I have noticed is when s/he flares, s/he doesn't really flare with it's beard. I don't know if it means anything except the fact that I couldn't really look at its beard while it flared. But I'll still post the pictures.



But, the other female betta(whom is healing from fin rot with salt.) I was using to make him/her flare got like stripes along her body though.
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The vertical stripes not only suggest breeding, but they can be used to relay submission as well. I know often one of my girls in the sorority has vertical stripes but it's just her way saying that she submits to the alpha girl and she doesn't want trouble.

Hmmm, but the body is looking more female in this picture....perhaps if you can have it in view of a male for a few days to see if she gets eggy? I've heard that might be stressful though so I wouldn't follow that until someone else comments about it.
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