I know it sounds crazy, and I've brought up a couple times that one of my bettas in my sorority tank turned out to be a male, but several times going over body types, looking at assorted pictures, marking behaviors, and coming to a finite conclusion.
All this time, my supposed sorority of 5 female bettas, has instead always been 3 male bettas and 2 females.
I think the store I purchased them from was somehow duped, when some sort of a Kind Betta and a traditional Betta Splenden and/or a Betta imbellis mated. I don't know the complete genetic detail on it, but the more I've researched, the more it seems that it *is* possible.
And thats where I think the "dupe" happened.
I have nearly 100% King Betta male. Beautiful colorations of red and blue.
I also have a long-finned Betta Splenden, with a semi-long king body. I'm thinking it is more or less 50/50 in genetics.
THere is also a DELTA male in this tank, that has KING features.
There are only two bettas in this tank, and I am positive they are both KING betta females.
How on earth have they all survived? THe only conclusion I can come to is that at some point they were bred with a Betta Imbellis, the otherwise known as Peaceful Betta.
They have gotten along, they never fight - though they do often flare at eachother - and they all survive.
They've always had a 10 gallon tank or more. Currently I have the more agressive male residing in the 10 gallon, and the other 4 in the 28 gallon.
I originally planned on Getting one male for the tank sorority, but as I began noting strange behaviours in the supposed females, I started taking more note of different hypothetical possibilities.
THis is the only logical conclusion I can come to, at this point. How they survive, I don't know. Soon I'd like to try and reintroduce the original 5th Alpha male back to the pride, but I think he's had too much time alone to be welcome backed properly.
But for the mean time, these two Betta males in the 28 gallon get along just fine, don't fight, and it seems silly to disrupt harmony.
I'm just curious if I should bring it to the pet store's attention that I purchased them from, or if it would just fall on deaf ears or denial.