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Old 03-17-2013, 07:44 PM   #1
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baby betta

I have no idea what gender or what kind of betta I have! He was a gift from my grandfather.

Anyway. I've had him for about a month and I adore him. I love being able to watch fish grow. As he matures and colors up I will update this thread. He (Sheldon) lives in a ten gallon with two black Moscow mutt guppies.

If you know what he is, or even if he is a HE, please feel free to chime in.

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Old 03-17-2013, 07:48 PM   #2
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She appears to be a regular round tail female. Nice colors...

As she ages, she will begin showing a genital papilla, a little white dot around the anal fin. It's a breeding tube. This can appear on males too, but not as pronounced as in females.

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Old 03-17-2013, 08:00 PM   #4
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Awesome! Thanks David. What makes you think female? Just curious.

that would explain the nonchalant attitude towards the guppies. Lol
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What makes you think female?
The shorter tail fin. I will say, though, it's not a good idea to sex a fish when young. If the caudal fin continues to grow then it's probably a male. Males also have a pronounced "beard" in back of the gill cover. That will also come with age if it is a male.

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Old 03-17-2013, 08:36 PM   #6
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Good to know.

I'll keep this updated.... lol I really like the name Sheldon so it shall remain. Shelly
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Looks more like a young male to me. The tail already looks longer than most of the females I've seen, and to me it looks like he might be a delta tail. The edges of the fin are crisp, not rounded, and form nice corners. It's symmetrical, so it isn't a veiltail for sure. Very pretty fish!
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yup, looks like a young male to me too.
More the dorsal than the anal or caudal as my reasoning though.

Probably a delta, but could be a VT, number of rays should be an easy indicator, Veil tails have 2 or less, deltas have 3-4, Half moons have more..
But my reasoning for delta is because I dont see the slope like VT's have, even most females have that slope. but not enough rays from what I can tell to be HM.
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I think it's also a young male, the tail does look longer than most females. Oh he/she's just adorable by the way
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Saying prayers for Sheldon....

I'm pretty convinced it's a male. As it has gotten larger the finage and coloration has been lovely. As he is getting bigger he is being blown around by the filter. I raised the water level.

He jumped out and I found him in the sink drain. barely recognized him. I put him back in the tank. He is very stressed.

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Prayers for Sheldon

I also have a "baby Betta" named Jaws -- I hope your Sheldon will be ok.

They are pretty resilient.

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Bettas are tough. I sucked mine into the syphon, and he was stuck. I tried turning the water on to push him out but the water just went around him and was beating him up! So I took the hose off the sink and blew in it and shot him out! 6 months later and he is fully healed and happy.
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Question How is Sheldon

Please let us know how he is.
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Thanks guys!!! You're right, he has been a trooper.

He has a scratch on the head and his color is still off but otherwise okay!

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Thank you. He looks much better today
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Here is a new picture.... Sheldon was quite upset to have a new.guest in the tank.

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Sheldon is lovely.

My Jaws wouldn't tolerate anyone in "his" tank. He eats snails, and has killed and completely eaten a ghost shrimp and a red cherry shrimp!

I can't seem to get a good photo of Jaws. Your photos of Sheldon, on the other hand, are wonderful!
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Thank you!! Those are two pictures of about fifty lol

I've heard that about them... They don't like friends.

He has been living with some neons for about a month and a half though. Completely ignores them
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Thank you!! Those are two pictures of about fifty lol

I've heard that about them... They don't like friends.

He has been living with some neons for about a month and a half though. Completely ignores them
Most of my Betta's have been that way, then I got a baby Betta. Lol
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