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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-11-2019, 05:37 AM Thread Starter
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Female Bettas Breeding?

So i think i may have 2 female bettas , 1 was labeled baby girl and the other was labeled baby boy , they both have egg spots so i assume both is females , but when i put them both together one of the female bettas tries to mate with the other “female?” ? do female bettas mistake other female bettas for males somehow or is my other better actually a male with a false egg spot..?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-11-2019, 12:09 PM
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What do you mean by attempting to breed? Were they fighting? Females should be kept in groups of five or more to prevent them from attempting to kill each other while they establish dominance.

If you have a male and female, they also should not be kept together unless you are attempting to breed them, and only for the duration of the breeding and then the female should be removed. The male should be removed once the fry are free swimming and no longer vertical in the bubble nest.

So, in short, they should probably not be kept together. The risk of your fish becoming stressed, injuring each other, or killing each other.

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uh yeah i know that, i only put them together for like a couple minutes & they didnt fight & took them out. but i noticed one of the female bettas tried to wrap her body around the other. they werent fighting at all. it was obvious she was trying to breed.
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A photo of each would help. Young males often have false egg spots.

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How young? 2-3 month males may still show false eggspot. Most should lose it by 4 moths.

Not sure why they do it, some rare individuals may try to wrap its tank mate. I doubt they were trying to breed - it usually involves phases; follow the leader, nipping, male chooses a nest area (whether he makes a nest or not), more courtship, then the actual spawning.

To help identify male/female, we need to see pictures.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-15-2019, 07:09 PM
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While it may be that the fish in the OP were actually male and female, I once witnessed two of my sub-adult wild betta males wrapping each other. I put it down to a dominance display, excitement, or simply misdirected sexual frustration (there were females in the tank but only the dominant pair would spawn). I thought it might be similar to how young animals will sometimes mount others of the same sex.

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