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Is it common for female bettas to have longish fins?

I never ever seen a female betta with longish fins...I believe tonight I got a male labeled as a female. How common is that?

I will post pictures soon. I believe it is a young male,his (?) fins are not that long,but are longer then every female I have seen and also his color is faded (stress). I got him in hopes of bringing him around to his full potential. I am 99% sure it is a male...but I have doubts since he was labeled as a female. But pet stores are stupid anyway...so...

I also got a beautiful male crowntail tonight. Pics prolly tomorrow. I just wanna know how common it is to buy males labeled as females?
 

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Don't believe labels! I got a plakat from walmart labeled female. He was a boy. Check his/her belly for a white spot. If there is a white spot (the egg spot) you have a female if no white spot you have a male. If its really young you may not be able to tell though.
 

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Thank you. I will check.

I am pretty convinced he is a boy though,after looking at female betta pictures and the sticky of betta varieties here.

I know pet stores are generally dumb or misinformed or sometimes make mistakes though,so thats another reason I don't believe it is a female. I don't have any experience with female bettas though,so that is why I figured I would ask.
 

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Going to check for white spot now!
 

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Here recently when I went into Petsmart, they had 3 males labeled as females. XD I haven't gone in enough to know how often that happens, but I don't doubt it does pretty frequently.
 

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So I think I have a female! Haha...she most def' does have a white spot and I looked up the ovipositor and thats what it looks like. I never seen a female with fins as long as hers though. They are not as long as a male,but they are longer then any female I saw.

I did get her at Petsmart too. I went to get another male and I saw this guy and seriously thought it was a male...I feel dumb. Haha. But like I said,I don't have any experience with females as I always just had males.
 

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Don't feel dumb! Everything is a learning process. And now you know what to look for. :) Congrats on your new additions! Think you'll keep the girl?

But seriously, when the people Petsmart is paying to tend to fish can't even distinguish, you should not feel bad. At all. Haha
 

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Don't feel dumb! Everything is a learning process. And now you know what to look for. :) Congrats on your new additions! Think you'll keep the girl?

But seriously, when the people Petsmart is paying to tend to fish can't even distinguish, you should not feel bad. At all. Haha
Thanks. It is true,but I mean my sister was with me and she spends a lot more time on this forum then me and even she was convinced it was a male. Is there any variety of betta where the female has longish fins?

I will get pictures up tomorrow for sure.

Yes,I am going to keep her anyway. I don't like rehoming pets (even fish) without good reason. She is going to have a 10 gallon all to herself for now.
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I think any of the long finned varieties could possibly have females with longer finnage, it probably just depends on how individuals are breeding their fish. HM females seem to have longer fins than most others, though. Or from what I've seen anyway. I've seen some roundtail girls of a large size overall, and longer fins too.

Aw good, I'm glad you're keeping her! Look forward to seeing pictures. :)
 

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I can't wait to see what she looks like! Personally I love females they are so cute and have tons of personality!
 

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careful telling gender with just checking for the ovipositor tho... males can have them too sometimes. Usually the better ways to tell are by the gill flaps when they flare and the ventral fins on males are much longer than females. also the faces to me look different. Females have a "cuter" more "innocent" look and males look more manly... LOL I can't wait to see pics? can you post one or two?
 

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careful telling gender with just checking for the ovipositor tho... males can have them too sometimes. Usually the better ways to tell are by the gill flaps when they flare and the ventral fins on males are much longer than females. also the faces to me look different. Females have a "cuter" more "innocent" look and males look more manly... LOL I can't wait to see pics? can you post one or two?
THANK YOU!
Lol, I hate it when people think you can just check by an eggspot.... all of my young males have them and Hercules (older male) has one... and I have had a few others with eggspots who were boys.... look for a beard.. thats the best way
 

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THANK YOU!
Lol, I hate it when people think you can just check by an eggspot.... all of my young males have them and Hercules (older male) has one... and I have had a few others with eggspots who were boys.... look for a beard.. thats the best way
Well I said it before...I am new to females. I have no experience with female bettas.

This one has not flared yet,so I cannot tell by that way regardless right now.
 

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So her face does appear more 'delicate' compared to my males and the males I had in the past. I call males 'grumpy faces' and her face does not look so grumpy.

She does have a bit of a 'beard' though,but she won't flare. I did some more research on Google and learned that some females can have longer fins,though it is not common.

Name her an old viking/Norse name to match Odin and Saxon :) Can't wait to see pics, I forget what your boy looks like :D (Bowser is settling well and exploring)
I plan on it. Just need to find the perfect name.
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Aw,glad Bowser is settling. Mine are too. The female (I think) is a bit stressed,but I am sure she will be fine.
 

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Just to defend PetSmart and those of us employees who do know mostly how to do our jobs correctly... Because the improperly labeled males come into our inventory as female (they're sent to us that way from the breeders), we have to sell them as female. Changing them in the inventory counts as a loss against the individual store. Yeah, it's stupid. But it is how it is. I've had to sell several different types of fish under the wrong SKU.
 

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I've seen alot of longer finned females. Well..not ALOT but a decent number. When people are breeding for long/full fins(like in show HM lines) they can tend to throw a female who grows longer fins. Kinda like a hormonal imbalence? like human girls who have testosterone issues i think. Nothing that's bad for the fish really, not like it's going to grow a mustache or something....

lol..fishy moostach..
 
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