Bettas - could some of these be male?

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    Hi

    I was at Stodels Nursery over the weekend and spotted some very interesting looking and beautiful female bettas for sale. They are very iridescent and some look as if they could be hybrids with something like B. Imbillis or Smaragdina. I bought a few, they are quite small, between 3 and 4 cm long. I have been wanting some plakat bettas for a while and I was hoping that there might be a misdiagnosed male in this bunch.

    I looked up 'how to distinguish between plakat male and female bettas' on the internet and now am more confused about my lot than ever. What do you think. Are some of these male or are they all females as advertised in the shop.

    Either way I'm thrilled with them. They are all living together quite peacefully in a 40l tank.

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    Yes, definitely. If they are that colorful they are male. Were these home bred? If the bettas are raised together as group the fins don't develop like those you find in the shops. To get the big fins you have to separate out the males the moment they color up. You can grow them up in Black Cat peanut butter jars with daily water changes.

    Some females are very colorful (for females) but can be easily sexed as their ovipositor is almost always extended and you can see it as white tube from the vent. It looks like this:
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    Hi Tyrone

    Thanks for the reply. I have no idea if they are home bred or not, I must ask the petshop I got them from. They are still quite small as well, so it is going to be very interesting to see how they develop. I love their colours and prefer them with the shorter fins.

    They don't have a visible ovipositor, so I got a bunch of nice males. They seem to be very peaceful for a bunch of males but I'm not complaining.

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    As with most fish...they all "peaceful" when young...wait till they get older. It's like teenage boys...once those hormones kick it...man do we get a temper...LOL
     
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    If they are still young there could be males in there, the ovipositor should be visible from about 3 months. I would almost say that the third pic is a male, but tough to say.
     
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    I used to breed Bettas (which is how I know about the peanut butter jars) and you can keep those males together for the rest of their lives in a community tank. The males only turn aggressive once separated from the group. At one stage I had somewhere between 30 and 40 Betta (males and females) in my 4ft planted tank. Stunning display.
     
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    I can post allot of pics of my fry i have bred on bettas, HM, crowns, vail tail. It is how i started this hobby, i have raised more then 3000 fry.
     
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    Tyrone, thanks. I will keep these together and see what happens. I would love to keep them as a group because they are so beautiful together.

    Yesterday when I got home there was a bubble nest in the tank. They all took turns spending time underneath it so I have no idea which of them actually made it. But I've gone from hoping there would be a male to hoping there is a female.

    I'd love to see pictures of fry and people breeding them, I'd like to give it a go myself.

    I am leaving on holiday today and will be spending 10 days in a place with no electricity or cell phone reception, so if I don't respond to any further posts in the next few days it is not due to lack of interest :)
     
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    Tamarinda, That one specifically looks male to me. My females only presented ovipositors when they were ready too spawn so I found that a little unreliable. Lovely lot you got there.
     
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    Hi Hennie,

    Would love to see. Where are you situated ? If you have any interesting babies coming up I would love to see them personally.
     
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    I have stop breeding for now, as I have been concentrating on other stuff. I have plenty pics on TASA if you on TASA. Also have allot of photos I can whats app you.
     

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