There's a male betta in the jar by Baby fish's tank. He's only flared at Babyfish ONCE. Only other fish near that tank.
I'll try to get more pictures, but it's hard because Babyfish is the size of a quarter, (hence the nickname).
Stripes have faded, and where slight to begin with...I'll try to get more pictures if they come back.
What ever this little one's gender: I need to grow them out, and am head over heels for them.
After breeding stripe incident, however, I am very convinced that I have a girl on my hands...but given the tiny SIZE, it may just be a juvenile male so I could use the help here: Are their males who show breeding stripes at other males?
I haven't heard of it happening either! I want to make sure though...I guess I'll grow this little one out and see if it starts looking more male.
(Right now, however, I'm LOVING Baby's fishes partial dragon scales and wild markings, as well as it's looong, slender body! it ALMOST looks like it could have some wild betta in there!)
YEAH I can see how that fish would be confusing! Short vents and a rounder body shape...but he's still got a wide body like a male, and a masculene anal fin...the tail and vents make him look a bit like a female Halfmoon tho, lol.
Are their males who show breeding stripes at other males?
Absolutely. As I mentioned, young males will do it.
They are actually submission stripes, not solely breeding stripes. Females show them to tell the male that she is submitting to him and allowing him to breed with her. I've had many young males do it to both male and female depending on who is the alpha. It's not just a girl thing. Of course, more often, girls will be the ones to do it but young males can absolutely show these submission stripes.
When posting people should understand that the OP is not the only one reading the answers. There are lots of lurkers with various levels of experience who may have the same question and benefit. It's why such as you and I, who've "seen it all" and been in Bettas and aquatics long time, cover all the bases/possibilities when answering. That way there's no gray area for misinterpretation.
My young wild betta males show vertical barring on occasion, so it's definitely not limited to females. They use vertical barring to make themselves appear as non-threatening as possible to dominant and larger males.
The fins and body shape of this fish say male to me. I don't see anything about him that would suggest female and I would be extremely surprised if he turned out to be one.
Honestly his body is very slender, which makes me think female...but wild males who are splenden or similar species are also quite slender, and long-bodied. It could be because he's a juvenile that he has such a...PRETTY body to me, but I genuinely hope he keeps it, as I prefer the look of it to the more boxy, short look of most male plakats I've seen.