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Old 04-25-2011, 06:08 PM   #1 
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Arrow Quick question!

Can male bettas get stress stripes and breeding bars (not at the same time, of course)?
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Old 04-25-2011, 06:23 PM   #2 
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Males can get stress stripes. My formerly-female-but-apparently-is-a-male male always got stress stripes when I cupped him/her for water changes. He would also make big poos for some reason.
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Old 04-25-2011, 06:31 PM   #3 
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Haha, thanks gmd!

Now I just need to know if males can get breeding stripes!
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Old 04-25-2011, 07:19 PM   #4 
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Yes they can but they are not "breeding bars". Vertical bars in males are signs of submission and also stress.
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Old 04-25-2011, 07:25 PM   #5 
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OK. Thanks 1f2f!

I put my two males, (one I KNOW is a male, the other was labeled a female but I believe she is a male) in a divided 5.5 gallon tank. They seemed to flare for a minute, and then the female-male seemed to get breeding bars. So I am not sure if she is a male or female anymore :$
I had a thread, asking if he was a girl or boy, and the response was all males. He seems to flare like a boy, but when I watched my girl Drama Queen flare, she flared in a similar way. So I compared the flare between my female-male to my for sure male, and the for sure male had a fuller beard when flaring. The female-male has a bit of an indent near where the chin would be. I am so confused right now. http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=68571
The female-male has an egg spot, but its very faint. So I am very confused! LOL
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