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Old 06-08-2011, 04:47 PM   #1 
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How to Tell the Gender of Bettas

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To properly care for you betta, you need to learn how to tell male and female apart to know their own needs. Or you could just end up with a bunch of dead males in a tank (thinking they were females). No one wants that do they? (HOPEFULLY THAT'S A {NO}) LOL.
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Well it is really easy actually. The females have a white dot and males dont. The white dot or "egg spot" is sometimes hard to find. You just have to look carefully.

Also (Most of the time) the females have shorter fins. This is not always correct because there have been females with long fins and somtimes there have been females that looked better than the males.

So it is a myth that females are less "flashy" and colorful than the males.

For example here is a female with fairly large fins:



In this picture you cant really see the Ovipositor spot but in the video when the fish goes up you can see the egg spot.

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http://youtu.be/Zi-jSCy15yc

You will be able to just make out the female betta's egg spot under the ventral fins.

This is also a perfect picture that shows the egg spot and how females are a little wider.



This is a male:


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http://youtu.be/nkh6oQ0Nbv4

Male (PLAKATS)&(HALFMOON PLAKATS) are sometimes confused with females because of their fins being so short.

So the only way to tell for sure that a female is a female and a male is a male is by the egg spot.

Male Plakats (PK's) and male HalfmoonPlakats (HMPK's) USUALLY have really wide and thick looking ventral fins as females USUALLY dont.

I think i covered everything of how to tell the gender of bettas.
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Old 06-08-2011, 05:40 PM   #2 
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Very nice, however, sometimes a male will have an egg spot or ovipositor and some females may not show it well and not always a good indicator of sex....I have found fins and body-shape/size to help me determine sex more than just the ovipositor alone.....
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Old 06-08-2011, 05:45 PM   #3 
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Can you post examples of how to sex bettas based on body shape?
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Old 06-08-2011, 07:11 PM   #4 
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Very nice, however, sometimes a male will have an egg spot or ovipositor and some females may not show it well and not always a good indicator of sex....I have found fins and body-shape/size to help me determine sex more than just the ovipositor alone.....
Well you see, i didnt know that

Thanks for adding that OFL.
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Old 06-08-2011, 07:51 PM   #5 
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I go strictly by the Red Lipstick

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Old 06-08-2011, 08:00 PM   #6 
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...good one Scootshoot
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i would have to disagree there. Many males have that as well as girls.
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Old 06-08-2011, 08:13 PM   #8 
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two of my females have black mustaches... :P
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two of my females have black mustaches... :P
It's most likely mascara...
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It's most likely mascara...
mascara goes on the eyes, not lips
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