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Anyone care to comment on the chances of this being a female scarlet badis? I have seen some pics of females that are more brown or gray than this one, but I have read of females having some red stripes that are less distinct than the males. Anyway, not important, just thought I would see if anyone has an opinion on this one.

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thx mj, what color would they be on a female, white? Also wondering if you ever ship live food starter cultures?
 

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usually, with a female, they have much less bright vertical red barring and the pelvics are clear. That pic doens't have the dorsal extended, but I would bet it mirrors the male behind it, while with females its often less prominent (shorter than the males). Also, anecdotally, the females tend to move very differently than the males. The males tend to do short bursts, extending the pectorals while the females are more "graceful".

I have shipped live food cultures but don't have any available right now.
 

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my old female had no red coloration or blue iridescence on the body at all. she was basically all grey/tan.
 

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Yeah, that is what most say, but I have read a couple of descriptions of females with more of a pink coloring and with stripes also. I would like to have a few in the tank even if they don't breed. I found a pair on auction, but the guy wanted something like 70 bucks for them. If anyone reading this has a line on one let me know.
 

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when i have them, i sell them for $3 regardless of gender.

I have sold ones that "should" be male and have had people get vialbe spawns. Its not as simple as color. That one in your pic looks like a recessive male. The females are not all drab as usually said.
 

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I have sold ones that "should" be male and have had people get vialbe spawns.
Yeah, someone was saying that they had a female that was possibly mimicking male morphology, interesting. I am going to thicken my plants this week and then would like to track down a few. I have decided not to add any other species of fish, but I think the three otos that are already there will stay. I am going to get a few of your nerites too. I have some wild snails in the tank now, is it cool to mix gastropods, or should I try to get rid of the others first?
 

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Asgard, thank you for taking the time to post the links for me, they are quite helpful. None of my fish are white, but some have less red than others. They all have stripes and the two that have less red do seem to be a bit less aggressive or dominant, not sure which is the better description yet. I have fed mine microworms and blackworms. They like the blackworms the most, but I am trying to keep them mainly on microworms for now. I am also looking for a grindalworm starter culture if anyone has enough to spare.
 
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