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SFF Biotope tank - update #1
This one deserves its own thread.

Stripe is a male.

I spent the night at my brother's house and came back today to find that HE had been busy building a bubble nest in HIS side of the tank.

Tbh, the doubt about Stripe's gender was always at the back of my mind, due to the fact that his fins were considerably different to Milk's, but it's still a huge shock - especially when you think that I've had 2 males in the same tank for 4 months
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Re: SFF Biotope tank - update #2
and there was no fighting?
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Re: SFF Biotope tank - update #3
What the?!

That's an interesting development...
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Re: SFF Biotope tank - update #4
could explain the damage done to hueys fins
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Re: SFF Biotope tank - update #5
could it be that when hughey was' favoring stripe' he was actualy showing his strength? and how big he was? could explain the way that he/she was treeting milk?
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Re: SFF Biotope tank - update #6
Nugget - my thoughts exactly!! Still hasn't sunk in that she's actually a he. Also, the nest is, once again, under a dead plant leaf, which makes me wonder if the first nest under the leaf wasn't Stripe's, too.

Probably was a show of strength Daz.

I'm stunned they haven't killed each other! I've never ruled out any fighting between the 3 bettas as cause for the fin damage, but conversely, I've never seen any Stripe-Hughey aggression, either. Must have been happening during the night. During the day, he's always appeared submissive.

I've PMed LH about this.
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Re: SFF Biotope tank - update #7
Also noticed that, since I took Hughey out, Stripe has been acting more aggressive towards Milk, particularly chasing her the entire length of the tank.

Strange how things appeared to be calmer with Hughey in there.
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Re: SFF Biotope tank - update #8
Tanks big enough to represent a territorial barrier, theres just room. Surprise tranny betta,lol. Still, theres your shortfin male. Hughey will never outfight a shortfin.Males fights are quick, no wonder you missed it.

Queue one betta backside check. Might not be the only one.
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Re: SFF Biotope tank - update #9
I'll get another female today and rethink long-term plans for Hughey. Can't be good for Milk to be the only female in the tank...

Told the shop I got them from about Stripe being male, and they said that many young males can look a lot like females ... but Stripe hasn't really changed (Not that I listen to them anyway).
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Re: SFF Biotope tank - update #10
How is it possible to check the sex of a short fin male and a female? are there any visual differences mouth smaller fins different shape?
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