Having a really hard time sexing my betta

Discussion in 'Betta Fish' started by slashgash, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. slashgash

    slashgashValued MemberMember

    I got a baby betta from petco about a month ago. Im having a really hard time sexing him/her. Ive never seen it flare so I cant go by watching it flare and look for a "beard". What I have noticed in the month Ive had it is: Its fins are getting pretty long. It has really long ventral fins. As it ages its color is getting brighter. When I first got it its body was pretty light colored and it had horizontal lines running across the body. Now its getting quite bright and I rarely see the lines anymore, though they are still there. Ive added a picture, however its pretty poor quality. Taken with a cell phone. Plus, the little bugger never stays still so is hard to photgraph.image
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  2. Aquarist

    AquaristFishlore LegendMember

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  3. jdhef

    jdhefModeratorModerator Member

    It's really hard for me to tell from the picture, but it looks like it may be a male Plakat. If it is indeed a Plakat, then long ventral fins would indicate it is a male.

  4. MD Angels

    MD AngelsWell Known MemberMember

    Well, I was going to add that it looked like my old female, Ginger. She had really lovely long fins.

    Male - 1
    Female - 1

  5. LyndaB

    LyndaBFishlore LegendMember

    I vote crossdresser...... of course, you can always get us a better picture and we can go for a more educated guess. :;jaws
  6. CichlidnutFishlore VIPMember

    Yeah, it's hard to tell from that picture. I've seen males and females that look like that. Do you know what type it is?
  7. OP

    slashgashValued MemberMember

    Im not sure what kind it is. I got it from petco and all it said was baby betta. Here are some more pictures.

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  8. CichlidnutFishlore VIPMember

    Looks Female to me. What does everybody else think?
  9. jdhef

    jdhefModeratorModerator Member

    I still say it looks like a male plakat to me.
  10. LyndaB

    LyndaBFishlore LegendMember

    What is this big thing with "baby" bettas all of a sudden? The stores are acting like it's an entirely new species or something....... silly moronic people. When it's 5 years old, are we still supposed to call it a baby betta? :;fru
  11. CichlidnutFishlore VIPMember

    To me, the finnage doesn't look right for a plakat.
  12. OP

    slashgashValued MemberMember

    lol. So basically my betta is a he/she. I guess when it gets bigger ill be able to tell better
  13. bassbonediva

    bassbonedivaFishlore VIPMember

    I'm voting female. Body shape looks like every single female betta I've ever had.
  14. CichlidnutFishlore VIPMember

    I agree.
  15. TropicalBettaFreak

    TropicalBettaFreakNew MemberMember

    It looks like a female to me!
    I just bought 4 females from PETCO and my smallest one looks a lot like this one.

    I've heard people have been having problems with those baby bettas. Keep us updated on how shes doing!
  16. MD Angels

    MD AngelsWell Known MemberMember

    I still say it looks female :D
  17. jdhef

    jdhefModeratorModerator Member

    Oh what the heck, just name it "Lola" and be done with it.

    (Actually, for that to make sense you need to know the song Lola by the Kinks)
  18. jbdub

    jbdubValued MemberMember

    Young males and females can sometimes look similar but I think you've got a lady here

  19. OP

    slashgashValued MemberMember

    lol I know the song "Lola". I named (her, i guess) Uno because its a gender neutral name and theres only one of her.

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