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02-02-2013 05:51 AM
FishyBloop
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Thanks, guys! It took me a while to really figure it out. I finally had a chance to see the lines running through her body and determined her ovipositor is REALLY small. I think she was at the top of the class and/or acts like a male. The "How to Determine" site was really helpful! Thanks so much.
02-01-2013 04:17 PM
Siggav I had female bettas with obvious oviposter that ended up looking pretty much like male plakats and some of them made bubblenests. They lived together peacefully for close to 2 years, then they got old and cranky and I had to separate some of them before they eventually passed.



I know of one female betta that made a bubblenest in tank on her own, dropped eggs and put them in the nest by herself as well. Obviously not fertilised so nothing happened and she ate them after a bit but still females do make bubblenests sometimes.
02-01-2013 01:31 AM
wendyjo If they drop eggs it's a pretty good indicator as well
01-31-2013 07:13 PM
jemminnifener The only way I know how to tell a male betta from a female betta is the presence of an ovipositor on a female betta. It just looks like a white dot behind the ventral fins. Take a look at some pictures online to get a good sense of what to look for.

Found this useful article: http://freshaquarium.about.com/od/be...tta-Gender.htm
01-31-2013 04:22 AM
VivaDaWolf Reminds me of my female, same blue combtail. Shes the size of a male betta and (was) a top betta in the sorority. Mine clearly has an ovipositor tho

Heres mine
01-31-2013 04:14 AM
lauraleellbp Going to need much better (more close and clear) pictures of her ventral area to see if she has an ovipositor or not....
01-31-2013 04:05 AM
FishyBloop
Question?

I honestly have no idea if this is a female or a male, though at the store, it was labeled "female."

She has since, made a bubble nest three times; when placing her in with my halfmoon, she damaged his fins severely (monitored, but she wouldn't let go before I could take her out), and when put in with a veiltail, she flared up at him and tried defying his "alpha" stance.

So, I'm a little confused. Do I have a male, or a masculine female?
02-26-2012 06:24 PM
TheJadeShrimp
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Originally Posted by lauraleellbp View Post
Keeping Betta splendens together in the same tank is always a challenge even when keeping just females in a "sorority" tank. IMO keeping both males and females together in a tank this small is just inviting problems as those fish reach sexual maturity.
+1! I reading through the post and I was going to post this. But I see someone already has.

In a bigger tank, you MIGHT be able to keep a male and female. But only if you have a big tank and A LOT of hiding places.
02-26-2012 11:18 AM
Jords2348
Plakat male or female Betta

How can i tell if my Betta is a male plakat or just a female it looks like it has an ovipositor but it has built a nest and is very aggressive towards other males it also has long ventral fins
12-02-2010 07:30 PM
ShortFin
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Originally Posted by speedie408 View Post
Pictures aren't really clear but it could be a Plakat male. And yes, males also have the horizontal stripes when stressed.
+1. When in doubt, I always look from above for head and mouth structure.
12-02-2010 07:19 PM
speedie408 Pictures aren't really clear but it could be a Plakat male. And yes, males also have the horizontal stripes when stressed.
12-02-2010 06:52 PM
ILovePonies
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Originally Posted by speedie408 View Post
Pictures speak a thousand words. Got any?
Thanks for the quick response! Here are some pictures... I have noticed that the stripes have faded slowly throughout the week. I think he or she may have been stressed out at first...

This is my first time posting pictures, so I'll use the picture tool and paste the urls to make sure it works...
Last week:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/56564492@N05/5226504917/
Today:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/56564492@N05/5226504955/
Bubble Nest:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/56564492@N05/5227101640/
12-02-2010 06:37 PM
speedie408
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Originally Posted by ILovePonies View Post
Hey, everyone! I have a question related to Betta gender identity as well. I bought a Betta fish about a week ago at a pet store. It was labeled "veiltail female", which is exactly what it looks like. I read up on Bettas before I bought the fish, and I didn't question "her" gender because she always has two stripes going from her mouth to her tail. This is the only fish I own, so it is alone in the tank. Yesterday, I left for a few hours and came back to a bubble nest in "her" tank. Now, if the stripes are definite indicators that the fish is a female, and the bubble nest is a definite indicator that the fish is a male, what is my fish??
Pictures speak a thousand words. Got any?
12-02-2010 06:34 PM
Cardinal Tetra Females blow bubbles too...just not huge nests like males.
12-02-2010 06:20 PM
ILovePonies Hey, everyone! I have a question related to Betta gender identity as well. I bought a Betta fish about a week ago at a pet store. It was labeled "veiltail female", which is exactly what it looks like. I read up on Bettas before I bought the fish, and I didn't question "her" gender because she always has two stripes going from her mouth to her tail. This is the only fish I own, so it is alone in the tank. Yesterday, I left for a few hours and came back to a bubble nest in "her" tank. Now, if the stripes are definite indicators that the fish is a female, and the bubble nest is a definite indicator that the fish is a male, what is my fish??
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