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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-03-2019, 04:37 AM
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It is defiantly a male. If it were a female the anal fin would be rounded. Your's comes to a very well defined point. He is a very good example of a Paradise fish. The more he gets use to his tank the more the colors will develop. Also color enhancing foods will also bring out his colors.
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You could have a male that isn't quite yet mature, I'm honestly not sure now, lol. Either way, I do find that in a cold water community a Paradise fish can fit in pretty well.

Male Paradise fish, a bit like their Betta cousins tend to have more developed fins, but also tend to be slightly larger than females, and have more colour to boot. Females do tend to have slightly rounded fins, similar to other Gourami. Either way you certainly have a wonderful example of a Paradise fish.
LOL, I don't know much, when I got mine, I thought pointed tail (pointed on top and bottom ) indicated male. It wasn't biggest of the batch but wasn't smallest as well. There was one bigger but with darker color.

My community tank now has otos, white clouds and panda Cory's. I am not sure why I wanted tank with single fish now. Love my lone betta tank too though.

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It is defiantly a male. If it were a female the anal fin would be rounded. Your's comes to a very well defined point. He is a very good example of a Paradise fish. The more he gets use to his tank the more the colors will develop. Also color enhancing foods will also bring out his colors.
Thanks for the information. I am still learning about sexing these, so your information is much appreciated. He has been tank for about a month. Went to fish store, they didn't sell rest of the guys and all fish looked dull and had lost tails, probably in fight.
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Omg your betta is absolutely STUNNING!! I don't blame you for getting both of the fish, Personally I can never decide either. Probably why I end up bringing like 3 home every time I go to the pet store, I went from 1 tank to 6 in a matter of months. yeah... now you understand my username! lol
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Another way to tell is called venting. If you look at the fish from the underside, there you will see two vents, the back vent closest to the tail is the anal vent. the second vent in a male is about the same size as the anal vent and is for fertilization of the eggs . If it is larger then you will find it to be a female, this vent is for egg production. However in smaller fish the venting process is harder to see. Together with the venting and the tail shape, Males being pointed and females being rounded you will have a correct indication of the sex. Another good indication is in the colors of the fish. Males being brightly colored and females being duller. Color only holds true when the fish mature. Younger fish will not really color until they reach adult status.
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Omg your betta is absolutely STUNNING!! I don't blame you for getting both of the fish, Personally I can never decide either. Probably why I end up bringing like 3 home every time I go to the pet store, I went from 1 tank to 6 in a matter of months. yeah... now you understand my username! lol
Thanks. He is pretty good looking. I wasn't planning to get second tank. When I was at petsmart, and just looking at bettas before going for billing, that's when I saw him. Didn't buy him at that time though. Spent 3 days and just wanted to have him. Went back and he was still there.

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Another way to tell is called venting. If you look at the fish from the underside, there you will see two vents, the back vent closest to the tail is the anal vent. the second vent in a male is about the same size as the anal vent and is for fertilization of the eggs . If it is larger then you will find it to be a female, this vent is for egg production. However in smaller fish the venting process is harder to see. Together with the venting and the tail shape, Males being pointed and females being rounded you will have a correct indication of the sex. Another good indication is in the colors of the fish. Males being brightly colored and females being duller. Color only holds true when the fish mature. Younger fish will not really color until they reach adult status.
Thanks for the information. I will try and see if I can do venting.
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