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Old 03-12-2012, 01:16 PM   #1 
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Welcome to another exciting edition of SEX MY BETTA!

Hello all!

I introduced my veiltail betta in the picture category a few days ago, and some people pointed out that SHE actually could be a HE!!! I decided to make a formal thread about her gender so more people could get a good look at her.

The problem is that she has characteristics of both males and females ...

Fins: Longer than your average female veiltails, but not as long as a male's.
Ventrals: On the longer side, but very slender.
Body Shape: Thin head with a round middle tapering off to her tail. Like a kite shape almost.
Egg Spot: Yessir! Very noticeable.
Beard: Not visible unless breathing or flaring, but even then it's not "puffing up". More like "peeking out".
Bubble Nest: None yet, but who knows? She has accidentally blown bubbles before, but doesn't seem to realize it. She chased them around like she had no idea where they came from -__-
Flaring: She does flare, mostly at her heater, which is shiny. She flares head on, mostly.
Ovary: She does have a light patch where her ovary should be. It's hard to tell, though, because she's so vividly colored.

She's a little under 2 inches, tail to mouth, so I think she's full-grown or at least old enough to sex.

Thanks! Here are a few pictures that may be helpful. Some are better than others.

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Old 03-12-2012, 01:26 PM   #2 
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I would say a young male but don't quote me on that lol
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Old 03-12-2012, 02:27 PM   #3 
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Same here.
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Old 03-12-2012, 05:43 PM   #4 
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Male- the ventrals are way too long to be female.

May have a spade tail (which is rare- but sometimes pop up), or a very young VT who hasn't grown out the tail yet. It takes 7 months of age until the tail is full length.
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Old 03-12-2012, 09:24 PM   #5 
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i'm with myates ..

very much looks like a male with a spade tail =D
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Old 03-12-2012, 09:47 PM   #6 
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1. Does she have an ovipositor (white egg spot under the belly) - probably a female
2. Look at her flare, Does her gills open 90* and does she have a large sort of beard? - probably a male.
Females usually have smaller beard and her gill doesn't open 90*
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Old 03-13-2012, 10:44 AM   #7 
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i have a female that looks similar to your fishy. her body is about 1 3/4 in long. so she's definitely not young. and she displays breeding stripes as well.

i'm unsure though if yours is male or female. it looks like it could be either!

here's my female btw.
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Old 03-13-2012, 11:33 AM   #8 
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Keep in mind young males can have a false egg spot. IMO it looks like a boy. If you could get a picture of him/her flaring it tells a lot about a fish
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Old 03-13-2012, 01:46 PM   #9 
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i have a female that looks similar to your fishy. her body is about 1 3/4 in long. so she's definitely not young. and she displays breeding stripes as well.

i'm unsure though if yours is male or female. it looks like it could be either!

here's my female btw.
Oh wow! She really does look a lot like mine!

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1. Does she have an ovipositor (white egg spot under the belly) - probably a female
2. Look at her flare, Does her gills open 90* and does she have a large sort of beard? - probably a male.
Females usually have smaller beard and her gill doesn't open 90*
She has an egg spot!
WHOA! I just got her to flare a bit and her beard popped out further than I've seen it pop out before. It's not really a dark color, about the same as the rest of the red on her.
It wasn't like any of the pictures of males that I've seen (like this: http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ln...ydyo1_500.jpg:)

More like this: http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs71/i/20...otographer.jpg

You can't see it when she isn't flaring, though.

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Keep in mind young males can have a false egg spot. IMO it looks like a boy. If you could get a picture of him/her flaring it tells a lot about a fish
I'll try, but she is very quick and doesn't like pictures, hahaha.
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Old 03-13-2012, 01:52 PM   #10 
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well the female i have posted above actually has the smallest beard out of any of my females. my other females have a wider more noticeable beard when they flare. but they don't spread out like a male's beard.
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