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I'm beginning to think that Fishy, my male dragon scale Betta is really in fact a female dragon scale Betta. I've noticed a tiny white spot which may be an egg spot, but I've been told that males sometimes get white spots there too. Also the forward fins seem to be shorter than what I would expect on a male. He (she?) has been recovering from velvet and also a jump out of the tank so the fins are not at their full glory. However Fishy has become very happy and spunky once again and is recovering nicely. I put a mirror in front of him today for the first time and there was NO flaring at all, just an obvious curiosity. When my hand slipped and the mirror suddenly moved toward the tank, Fishy darted and hid. This is not typical male behavior is it? I can't get a good picture because Fishy is very camera shy. What other tell tale signs are there? :-?
 

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By the way, when I bought Fishy, I wondered if maybe he was a she, but the staff at Pet Smart assured me that he was male and since he was a Dragon Scale, would have shorter fins than the others.
 

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Dragonscales can have long fins, that was a lie... Females can be just as aggressive as males so don't think about the behavior difference in gender besides breeding stances. Picture?
 

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Oh, and yes there are bubbles in the tank, but not nearly as many as I have seen other males do. Of course, Fishy is still healing and if he is a male, may not be feeling up to making big bubble nests yet.
 

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I'm having difficulty getting a picture. Poor lighting and a very active fish make for terrible pictures.
 

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Easy, males have longer fins than a female. Females tend to have much smaller tails and dorsals...well pretty much everything is smaller on girls.
This isn't very reliable either as there are long-finned females...

Males tend to have thicker ventrals, right? And they have bigder and more noticable "beards"...I've seen females flare before, but they don't really have any noticeable beard.

Females can also blow bubbles, lol...so...sometimes I find sexing them a little tricky.
 

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I think most females have a kink in their ventrals and males will have longer, fatter ones.


Females can be just as aggressive as males so don't think about the behavior difference in gender besides breeding stances.
And some males can be very timid.

I had the same issue:

This female in my soreity....


turned into this male. I don't think he has realized that he is a male yet...still very timid


I have also heard that some females also have beards like the males now too.
 

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I'm having the exact same problem. I have what i think is a female (has a small beard though), very aggressive, flares all the time and i've been told she's a female. now my new male is so very timid, hasn't flared once and hides.

I think without pictures it's going to be hard to tell.
 

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I apologize for the poor quality, they were taken with my cell phone. Only one picture comes close to the true flooring. The fins are faded at the moment due to the recent illness and jump. There are also vertical stripes where the true color is beginning to come back. One of the pictures shows a very obvious white spot where the egg spot should be. Again, there is no flaring with a mirror. I have however seen a small bit of flaring when I nudged him(her) off of the top of the heater when s/he was sick. I didn't notice a beard.
 

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And by flooring I meant coloring. My autocorrect changed it.
 

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At this point, I'm fairly convinced that Fishy is a she. I tried another mirror experiment in case the bow of the aquarium wasn't showing a true reflection. I shined a flashlight onto the back of the aquarium so that the entire back was acting as a mirror. Once again, Fishy looked at the reflection with curiosity, but no flaring at all. Fishy went straight up to the reflection and looked and looked, moved around a bit, and continued looking.
Well, boy or girl, Fishy is here to stay, but I am a little upset with the Pet Smart employees insisting it was a male. And I suppose as far as my son is concerned (since technically it's his fish, even though I'm more emotionally invested), it's a boy. I tried to say it might be a girl and he adamantly declared it wasn't, so I guess we'll continue to call it a boy but it's really a girl, unless, Fishy proves me otherwise.
 

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Ok, so a little while ago, Fishy flared at me and it looked like there was a beard. I really don't know what to think now :/
 

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the ventrals definitely say female, as does the anal fin, although that could be a wild-type trait. i've seen rounded anals like that on males before, but overall she screams female to me. i think you're right about the suspected ovipositor (egg spot) as well, it's right where you'd expect to find it.
 
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