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Old 11-18-2013, 05:50 PM   #1 
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I think My HM yellow Plakat is NOT a female....

I got this fish as an add on from the breeder who said it was a HM yellow plakat female. Today, there is a huge bubble nest in my sorority tank. Since all the other females are visibly full of eggs, this fish is my suspect. Can you please help me confirm the gender? I q=would also like to know if this fish is breedable and if so to what? I have nothing else like him. I have a copper/red HM female, a steel and cherry red hm female, a salamander female and a lavender hm female. My other males are copper red with black edges and royal blue and red with black edges. All the girls have different color edges, either white or another body color except the copper and red.










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Old 11-18-2013, 07:26 PM   #2 
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Looks female to me but can you get a picture where either he/she is flaring and/or a pic with a light behind it so that it's shining at you and the camera so we can see through to confirm those are ovaries that I might be seeing.
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Old 11-18-2013, 09:28 PM   #3 
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Does he/she have an egg tube (optivisor)?
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Old 11-18-2013, 09:31 PM   #4 
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Does he/she have an egg tube (optivisor)?
unfortunately that's not a reliable way to tell male or female. Young male Betta's will also sometimes have false egg spots or imitator ovipositors to try to throw off other fish. Many times males will keep these after maturity and sometimes they won't. So yeah...not a good way to tell sexes. You have to look for the ovaries which are triangular objects behind the stomach and sometimes it can be hard.
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Old 11-18-2013, 09:40 PM   #5 
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it's not unheard of for girls to blow bubble nests too. I've even heard stories of girls attempting to raise their own spawns!
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Old 11-18-2013, 10:11 PM   #6 
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I vote male, any flaring pics?
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Old 11-18-2013, 10:34 PM   #7 
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I vote male, but I'd like to see a few more pictures.
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Old 11-18-2013, 11:16 PM   #8 
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Whatever the gender he she is beautiful!
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Old 11-19-2013, 12:04 AM   #9 
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Dang Fish are hard to photograph!

Okay, I have tried to get better pictures. He/She flared at another male, but mostly ignored the other female, did some body bumping, but I think the steel and red female started showing stripes... I can deal with either gender, I just need to know so I can set up ANOTHER male tank. It is a gorgeous fish. I do not know much about plakats or yellow except it is determined by lots of genes, and have no idea what is a good choice for a potential mate, male or female. I also do not know how old he is/she is. I think he/she was pretty young when I got him:


I I can not see an egg spot?

There is one of the female tankmate with him in my large vase


I tried to get light begind him/her


Unhappy fish


Are those breeding stripes?


This is her original photo off aquabid. She is my favorite. (Don't tell the others.)


I still don't see an egg spot and he/she says I am overstepping my bounds.



That is Flamenco outside the vase who recently lost his entire spawn from my ignorance. They seem to be flaring?

Thank you guys for being patient. As always, the help is appreciated.

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Old 11-19-2013, 12:08 AM   #10 
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Looks like a boy to me. And yep your red female has breeding stripes and is looking pretty full with eggs
If I was going to breed him Id use a red or yellow fish with little to no irids, could also find a girl with a sharper tail and a smoother topline to compensate his, but I think hes a good fish to breed
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