Another question, as I might have found a male with a fake ovipositor/egg-spot...
I ended up with two dead females of my original seven, one from causes unknown, and the other from what I'm now believing was a combination of internal parasites and dropsy. I had thought I had quarantined and caught her symptoms early enough, but in her last 12 hours she pine-coned... So, definitely dropsy.
Anyway, I wasn't comfortable with just 5 females in my tank, and felt that I needed at least 1-2 more, though the original 5 seem to be getting along pretty well. My local petco was taking forever to get in a new shipment, and the few other ones I checked in the area had females in horrendous conditions.
But, finally, yesterday my petco got a new shipment of bettas.
They had, what has to be, "Queen" bettas. They weren't male, but they were ginormous compared to the other halfmoon, crowntail, and doubletail males in the store. Their bodies were easily 3-4 inches long, dwarfing their cups. Having seen Kings before, though, these had smaller fins of proportion with normal females.
Much as I'd love to do a sorority with these "queens," there was too much of a size difference with my current females. The petco also had some "normal" female bettas in comparison with the rest of the queens, and I picked out a couple healthy ones that I felt were of similar size to mine, and pretty.
Brought them home, and I noticed that one definitely had a larger tail-fin, and somewhat larger ventrals, and is slightly bigger than my alpha. However, I just thought "well, she's just a very impressive female specimen, and will probably end up alpha."
I floated both new girls in the sorority tank in separate, clear containers, and was planning to add them in a few days when I do my next big clean. But today, I came home from class to discover that the "somewhat larger girl" had made a bubble-ring around the inside of "her" cup.
I suspect I might have picked up a juvenile male... and from his size, if that's the case, he might turn out to be a king xD
*edit* He/she also flares a lot, and is somewhat overly-aggressive. The girls don't seem to mind him/her, and like to float and swim all around his container.
So, are bubble rings typical for female bettas, and am I over-analyzing this fish? Or should I bring her/him back to the petco and swap for a more definitely-female fish.
Long post, sorry... had to brag about those giant female bettas, but couldn't get pictures.
Last edited by Arowan; 07-26-2011 at 02:31 PM.