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Old 05-01-2012, 09:48 PM   #1 
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Is this a male or female?

My nephews got 5 female bettas but I'm not sure if this red one is a male plakat because it's pretty agressive.
Sorry I didnt have my camera with me. Is someone able to identify him until I can get a better shot?

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Old 05-01-2012, 10:03 PM   #2 
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Female bettas can be just as aggresive as males and when sororities are first setup, the establish the pecking order, and a very aggresive during this time IME. So it could easily be a dominant female and they are establishing the pecking order within the tank
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Old 05-01-2012, 10:11 PM   #3 
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It could be a male if I'm seeing those ventrals right: they're awfully long.
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Old 05-01-2012, 11:02 PM   #4 
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looks like a male to me. Do you see an egg spot?
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Old 05-02-2012, 07:39 AM   #5 
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Yes. I agrees with the above posts, at the time I made my first post the picture wasn't working but from the picture it looks like a male as it has longerc ventrals, no visible egg spot, and a tiny beard
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Old 05-02-2012, 07:52 AM   #6 
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Female betta's can be just as aggressive as male betta's, however looking at this paticular picture, the ventrals are relatively long and I don't see an egg spot so I would hazard a guess at it being a male.
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:33 AM   #7 
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The ventrals tend to be very long in males, almost to the tail. But in plakats they are relatively short. It's hard to say as the flash is in the way of the beard, so can't tell whether or not it's showing. As well as the fins are not spread out- males tend to have large dorsal fins (in plakats) that are wide and almost roundish.

Honestly to me it looks female, is there a way to get a picture without the flash, as well as making it flare? You won't be able to tell by the aggression, as mentioned before females are very aggressive and by nature are solitary just like the males. We can just force them into being in a group under the right conditions.

Make sure your nephew has his tank very very densely planted, with plants reaching to the very top to help break up the lines of sight and give the females the comfort to go for air without being seen easily. A sparse tank, or tank only half full of plants will undoubtedly fail at one point and cause a lot of stress on them.
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:36 AM   #8 
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I forgot to say in my earlier post, the only thing for me that makes me lean towards the possibility of it being a girl is the shape of the head, I find male's heads dip more than females do, and that is the only thing really that would sway me slightly
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:46 AM   #9 
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I thought that too, but a young or underweight male may not show the dip that much. If that is a male then it is underweight.. the body is small in relation to the head.
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Old 05-02-2012, 11:02 AM   #10 
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thanks guys i will post up a better photo today.
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