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05-31-2008, 12:45 PM
Do female bettas have a "beard" like male bettas, only smaller?

This sounds silly to ask to me, but I have a couple bettas I bought as females, but I have heard there are short finned males that look like bright colored females and these females are brightly colored...

I am wanting to breed my bettas so I am trying to learn what I can. *I am letting a male and female see each other (tanks side by side) and they are both showing their beards...


05-31-2008, 12:56 PM
Where did you buy them at?

Sounds like you got two males.

05-31-2008, 02:26 PM
Various places - not sure I even remember. *

my betta female looks exactly like the one here.

healthybetta (http://www.healthybetta.com/articles/New%20To%20Bettas/keepingfemalestogether.htm)

I am not sure what the hanging tendrils from the fish are called. *They are longer in the male. *the females I bought all had a white dot in the middle of them, where my males don't. *However my females are all really aggressive.


05-31-2008, 02:54 PM
The short finned males they are referring to are often referred to as Plakat's, I'm pretty sure on that, it's been a while since I had any bettas. *A picture of your bettas in question would be helpful. *Maybe PhishPhreek will drop in and help you out.

05-31-2008, 04:01 PM
I just visited a good website on betta anatomy. *They are definitely female. *Just not very friendly. *They have ovipositors clearly visible. *

I will make a breeding attempt and see how it goes, the females behavior was just puzzling me, but the website says females do flare beards, just smaller ones.


05-31-2008, 04:17 PM
If you haven't already been there, here's a link to PhishPhreeks site:

Bettas (http://www.baker.ws/)

He has a lot of useful information posted, I found it very helpful when I was learning about Betta's.

05-31-2008, 07:20 PM
Thanks, that website is very helpful :)


06-02-2008, 08:27 AM
I had that same question a little bit ago! I got a female from a friend, and she's quite the sassy one! I had never seen a female flare before. *:D

Good luck with the breeding! Keep us updated.

06-02-2008, 10:10 AM
I am planning on breeding a mercury colored halfmoon that has red accents in his fins with a beautiful all red female. *


06-02-2008, 10:17 AM

Let us know how it turns out. *:)

06-02-2008, 11:38 AM
Went to the Betta Habari Auction yesterday and I heard one answer that might help with aggressive females. *Seems that they judge females on a flaring response just like the males. *This might be one reason for more aggressive females. *Also, Richard (?) of Betta Habari gave me instructions on breeding that included adding lots of live daphnia to the breeding tank. *A full belly might make the female less likely to fight. *Sorry I don't remember Richard's last name.

06-02-2008, 05:10 PM
live daphnia?

what is that?


06-02-2008, 05:21 PM

Daphnia are small, mostly planktonic, crustaceans, between .2 and 5 mm in length. Daphnia are members of the order Cladocera, and are one of the several small aquatic crustaceans commonly called water fleas because of their saltatory swimming style (although fleas are insects and thus only very distantly related). They live in various aquatic environments ranging from acidic swamps to freshwater lakes, ponds, streams and rivers.



06-02-2008, 05:29 PM
And these are good to feed to betta? *Where can I get some?


06-03-2008, 01:16 AM
Here is the first pair I am breeding. *

Male: Seshoumaru - mercury colored halfmoon betta - very iridescent and changes color depending on lighting.

Female: a lovely red I picked up from FG

I put them in a 5 gallon eclipse - with her in a hurricane vase, feeding them frozen brine shrimp. *I have heard I should put a styrofoam cup cut in half (in what way, in half to make a shorter cup or in half to make a half circle?) to give him something to stabilize the bubble nest...

He is doing a dance around where she is - flaring and such.

06-03-2008, 02:10 AM


06-03-2008, 06:36 AM

06-03-2008, 06:43 AM
That looks like a female to me or a young plakat....

As for your cup what you want is a half cup not a circle half......basically, looking into the cup cut it in half. Then put it in a corner and tap it against the glass, what I did was put the open face towards the front so that you can see in there easier.

Also try saran wrapping the top so that the humidity is high in there, it helps the bubble from breaking(reason for the cup). Oh, and once they finish you should get the food cultures going for the fry.