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Old 10-16-2013, 11:32 AM   #1 
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Question Just a causal question about Marble-Patterned Bettas

So, I've never really seen my Marble boy (although he's mostly colored up as a Royal or Turquoise Blue now) flare and show his beard. He has flared his gill-covers but I've never seen his beard. At first, I thought:

'Maybe he just needs to get a little older, maybe he isn't fully mature yet."

So, I watch and I wait and one day, I noticed something under his gill-covers... a little black edging. I was curious and did a bit of online-answer hunting. Nothing. So, to figure it out, I had him flare his gill-covers and 'lo behold: I saw his beard. It's transparent and the black edge is a deep blue.

What I'd like to know from other folks who have Marble-Pattern Bettas is what does your male's beard look like? Is it different from the body-pattern/coloration? Is it the same? Does it change when your Betta changes?

I'm curious about how the Marbling affects it.
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Old 10-16-2013, 05:12 PM   #2 
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My marble boy's is clear, too. He's an overall white with some pearly light blue iridescence in some places so it fits into his look.
I haven't checked my girls',they're all marbles.

I had one who had red beard back when I used to breed. He was a messy looking blue and red "butterfly" from my first marble spawn. it stayed prety consistant I think, maybe getting more black with age? he didn't flare much unless he was dancing for his sisters and I stopped showing them to each other when I decided I wasn't going to breed him.
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