Fish diary: When she maybe isn’t.

/Fish diary: When she maybe isn’t.

So I’m starting to think one of my “female” bettas is actually a plakat male. S/he is extremely aggressive, and has a really beautiful flare; side-on with the full “shimmy” and everything. Unfortunately, s/he’s in the sorority tank which… yeah. Oops.

S/he’s also visible to the crowntail male, even though they’re physically separated. The crowntail’s fins just melted about a month ago, and I haven’t been able to recover them. I think perhaps the stress of constantly being flared at by the (faster) red maybe-male is causing him to fin bite. So last night I put up some opaque dividers so he has a place to hide, at least until I can implement a more long-term solution.

I also set up a temporary isolation tank for the maybe-male. Now I just have to actually catch him/her, because boy is s/he fast, and damn there are a lot of plants and rocks for him/her to hide under. If I can’t catch her tonight, I might need to buy a bigger hose and try the siphon trick.

Moral of the story: betta are amazing fish but holy hell don’t buy more than one.

2016-03-30T18:42:10+00:0030th March, 2016|Tags: aquarium, betta, fish|
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  1. elemental-kiss 30th March, 2016 at 11:54 am

    it’s possible she’s just an aggressive female. some girls simply aren’t suited to sorority life and that’s okay (more)

  2. landofwaterandaquaria 30th March, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Aggressive females definitely exist. One of my favorite bettas was a ‘wild type’ veiltail named Cleopatra. And boy did… (more)

  3. alisfranklin 31st March, 2016 at 1:59 am

    It’s more her coloration and fin shape during her flares that makes me think “she” might be a “he”. She came from a big… (more)

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