I Think My Betta Is A Hermaphrodite

carnelian
  • #1
Hellp everyone, new to the forum, and I am very, very confused.
I recently saved a betta from my brother who was starving her to death (her for simplicity) and I brought her to my house to live in an empty 10 gal tank I had with some shells and a snail. Shes doing great, she isn't completely black anymore, she actually keeps food down, she seems really healthy! Thing is, I don't know her gender. My guess is a doubletail female, but I can't be certain. A few things:
-No visable beard
-Has never flared at her own reflection (or at all really)
-Really docile around other animals and curious
-About 6 months to a year old
The big thing that has me jumbled up is that I don't think she has an egg spot. Ive seen her from all sides, and I have never once seen one, but all her other characteristics are very feminine. Anyone have any opinions?

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FriarThomasIII
  • #2
Its just female. It can't be both.
 
CanadianFishFan
  • #3
Could be a female as the fins are smaller, but could be a male because no egg spot or the gill beard is burned.
Here is my Male Doubletail baby betta, his fins are bigger...

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CanadianFishFan
  • #4
yeah I'm going with female
 
carnelian
  • Thread Starter
  • #5
My bad, I thought that hermaphroditic bettas were a thing. At least my conclusion of female wasn't far off
Sort of related, I didnt know beards could burn off? Ill have to look that up now
 
Mcasella
  • #6
I'm going to say it is a short finned (plakat) dt male that is nonaggressive, I have a dt male that doesn't flare at anything, he doesn't act aggressive even in the presence of females. The ventral fins are too long for a female compared to the other fins, it has no eggspot, it has a male shape/body.
That is a dt plakat male, females don't look like that. No eggspot, not female.
 
FriarThomasIII
  • #7
My bad, I thought that hermaphroditic bettas were a thing. At least my conclusion of female wasn't far off
Sort of related, I didnt know beards could burn off? Ill have to look that up now
The fish ike that I can think of is a clown fish
 
CanadianFishFan
  • #8
My bad, I thought that hermaphroditic bettas were a thing. At least my conclusion of female wasn't far off
Sort of related, I didnt know beards could burn off? Ill have to look that up now
They can get ammonia burns if the ammonia is too high, witch sounds right from the condition she was in before.
 
DuaneV
  • #9
Looks like a plakat male to me.
 
carnelian
  • Thread Starter
  • #10
Yeah, that sounds right, she/he was in a tank with brown water from not ever being cleaned, so a docile male isn't out of the question. However, will his/her color stay this dark? Ive seen a lot of male plakats and ive never seen any be this almost black color. I mean, its brightened up (it was previously completely black) but I dunno. If you can't tell, I haven't had a betta in a very, very long time
 
DuaneV
  • #11
Ive had bettas for over 25 years. I'm no expert, but I definitely don't see all the confusion. Males aren't always grumpy, and sometimes theyre completely black. He looks absolutely normal.
 
carnelian
  • Thread Starter
  • #12
Ah, that's a relief. Thanks a lot for clearing all this up for me, everywhere else I looked has been very conflicting to say the least. One last question about his tail, I thought he was some kind of female doubletail due to what looks like a split down the middle. Is he some sort plakat/double mix? (once again sorry for my ignorance hahaha)
 
Mcasella
  • #13
Ah, that's a relief. Thanks a lot for clearing all this up for me, everywhere else I looked has been very conflicting to say the least. One last question about his tail, I thought he was some kind of female doubletail due to what looks like a split down the middle. Is he some sort plakat/double mix? (once again sorry for my ignorance hahaha)
Plakat means short fin, double tail (dt) is just a tail type. So saying plakat dt would be saying short finned double tail.
 
carnelian
  • Thread Starter
  • #14
Ohhhhhh okay okay, I see. Again, thank you all so much, youve all been very helpful! Thank you thank you thank you! DDD
 
Dch48
  • #15
I agree. Looks like a male Plakat to me.
 

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