Ive been browsing this site for ages now and today came across a post that makes me question the gender of my last betta..
we currently have a 10g tank and have a beautiful blue betta called... Hagrid (son 1 named him)
we bought 2 females on the advise of the pet shop, Sapphire (son 2) and Pringles (son 1 - really clever boy, not so great at naming pets :D)
When we bought Hagrid we also - on the advice of the store - bought 3 mollies as well as seven neon's 2 snails and a beautiful red shrimp ...
that was a mistake! as we only had a 5g tank... (kept them informed all along what we had) nearly all of the neon's disappeared and 2 mollies died also (as well as a suicidal shrimp and the 2 snails)
we now realise what a mess we made and upgraded the tank to a 10g - 40l one this was about three months ago.
Hagrid, the two remaining neon's and a mollie moved over to the new tank without any problems, we bought another 2 mollies(male) for the first (whos PREGNANT!!!) two Cory's? two snails and what we though were two female betta's
(this wasn't all bought at the same time, we learnt to add slowly...)
I know now I have made a mistake with the two male mollies and one female.. She is a feisty thing and always chasing one or the other though!
I also know I should have not bought just 2 betta's -room dictated no more than the 2, so i should have stuck to one! which would have been what I now think is a wild betta?
She looks different from the other female, definite female has stipes down her body, the other one has occasional stripes.
When we got them Hagrid flared up straight away, we though this was because he was happy there was a girlfriend for him. A bubble nest appeared the next day, but has vanished since.
So now I have rabbited on, I have some pictures to show you, please could you tell if Hagrid is happy or not? and whether Sapphire is a girl? He does flare up in the presence of Sapphire and seems to chase him off?
Tank is 40l - 10G
Temp is 79/26
PH between 7.4 and 7.6
Ammonia between 0 and 0.25
Nitrate between 40 and 80
I have drops and a comparison chart - not as accurate as the strips I think?
They are fed tropical fish flakes, Betta pellets (2 a day each) and the occasional freeze dried shrimp.
Sapphire .. (and a little bit of Pringles in the top left corner) SHe/he? Is mainly blue with red tips,I have never seen her flare at anyone..
And Pringles ..
My main concern is that Sapphire is a wild betta? I could, and hope, I am completley wrong!
Thanks in advance for your help