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Old 01-31-2013, 03:05 AM   #46
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Male Plakat Sold As Female? Or Just An Aggressive Female?


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?
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Old 01-31-2013, 03:14 AM   #47
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Going to need much better (more close and clear) pictures of her ventral area to see if she has an ovipositor or not....
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Old 01-31-2013, 03:22 AM   #48
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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

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Old 01-31-2013, 06:13 PM   #49
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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
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If they drop eggs it's a pretty good indicator as well
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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.
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Old 02-02-2013, 04:51 AM   #52
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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.
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