Okay, Bettablr, I need some help.

This is Red Betta. “She” was sold to me as a female veiltail, but due to a bunch of factors, I’m no longer sure that’s the case. This is her (?) flaring at a mirror. The lighting is bad because she’s in the crappy quarrantine tank (with IAL in the water); under the lights in the big tank, her red is even more strongly pronounced when she puffs up, including on her body.

My question to you, Bettablr, is, in your expert opinion, is Red Betta actually a girl or is “she” a mislabeled plakat male?

(A.k.a. am I going to need to buy a new new tank?)

2017-09-05T19:53:53+00:004th April, 2016|Tags: betta, bettablr, fishblr|


  1. mewitti 4th April, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Does Red Betta have an egg spot? If not, ‘she’ might be a guy.

    • Alis 4th April, 2016 at 3:54 pm

      Not noticeably, no:

      Though I’ve read that even that’s not always a reliable indicator for sexing?

  2. scandi-fish 4th April, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    From what I can see, I would with 90% certainty say this is a male plakat. The body shape is a bit “chubby”, which females mostly are, but it’s not the right kind of chubbiness. The finnage is also identical to a plakat male (a very beautiful one!). As someone else said, check for an egg spot. Some males can have “fake” egg spots, and some females can have male finnage, but both of these cases are highly unlikely. (more)

    • Alis 4th April, 2016 at 3:58 pm

      Thank you! I’ve looked for an egg spot on her before, but I can never identify anything obvious, so I’m going to say “she” is probably a he. The sad part is the other “female” betta I bought from the same place have similar fin shapes and also no egg spots, which explains a lot about the problems I’ve had with my “sorority” tank. Ugh. Oh well. Guess I need to buy some bigger tanks…

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