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Old 11-10-2017, 02:32 PM   #1
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Do female betta fish make bubble nests?

I got a betta from Petco, labeled as a Baby Girl. I named her Lady Thiang. She's been enjoying a 3 gallon planted tank for a few weeks, along with her tank mate, Leftie the Snail. She's definitely a bit bigger now than the day I brought her home. Her body appears to be about an inch long now, and her fins are starting to flow a little more.

Starting a few days ago, I noticed a small bubble nest in her tank, and as of this morning, it's really grown! My question is two-fold: Do female bettas make bubble nests, OR did I adopt a male who was mislabeled at the store?

Thanks for any info!
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One more for the experts. From memory (and this is really long ago) I noticed some bubbles but nothing major. The male built the nest really.
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The betta is a male.
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Delapool, thank you for your reply.
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The betta is a male.
Just to be clear, the betta I am inquiring about is NOT the one in my profile pic. The one in question is all one color - solid teal blue, with the tiniest white tips on the two front fins.

Do you still feel strongly I have a male baby? Thanks for your reply!
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Could you post a picture of the baby Betta? Females can make bubble nests. I have had one of my females make a small bubble nest. I have also bought a Betta labeled “female” that made a bubble nest and ended up being a male.
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Could you post a picture of the baby Betta? Females can make bubble nests. I have had one of my females make a small bubble nest. I have also bought a Betta labeled “female” that made a bubble nest and ended up being a male.
Sarahm, I am hoping this upload works. I have not been able to successfully upload pictures to this website, for some reason. I have an image selected, but I can't guarantee that it will work.
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Yea! My upload worked! It wasn't obvious where the attachment icon was. Really teeny... Here's another picture of the betta in question...
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Peraonally think it's male but not a betta person
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One of the best ways to check gender of Betta splendens is to look at the vent of the fish. Sexually mature females will show a white dot at the vent. That is an egg. Males will not have that.
There are times when a female will assist a male in building or repairing a nest but to date, I have not seen a female alone make a nest that she stays under in hopes of a male coming by. That is a male's procedure. From the picture and your description of the fins becoming more flowing, it looks like you had a juvenile male that is coming into maturity. Check the vent to confirm.
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