Originally Posted by Misakitty
This may be a silly question, but how early do juvenile bettas typically start to flare? Is it different for males and females? I've only raised livebearer fry before, so this is all new to me.
Actually it isnt a silly question at all. Many betta keepers dont know this.
I am only stating from experience with my fry. Usually I sart to get some bully boys and girs at around 2 months. Though they are still mildly developing their aggression. At about 4 months old, I find myself jarring at least 10-12. Remember these arent flares yet. I notice juvenile fry to start actually opening their gill cover and flaring at around 3-6 months.
No this isnt the same amount of time for every breeder so thats the tricky part. Though this is from my personal experience. Also I usually bred halfmoon plakats and plakats before ao their aggression levels were a bit higher than most.
I would guess that it varies wih females and males. Mostly shown in the males than females. Now if i had to guess and she was in fact a female, I would guess that she is going to be willing to flare in another two weeks to a month. Though some juveniles have been known to flare early with plakats I dont know much if its the same with veil tails or what other tail type you have. Who knows she might even flare at a mirror. Try putting a small mirror in front of her and see if she flares back.
Good luck let us know.
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