06-15-2012, 06:19 PM
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Well, I gave in. We went to the LFS for another platy and balloon Molly. There was a tank with Bolivians. I could not stop going back to that tank! After the fourth or fifth return, hubby said, "Just get one, and if it doesn't work out you can just put him by himself in the 10 gallon." He had a point--I have filter, heater, substrate, cave and a couple fake plants, and could get a couple live plants for that tank, so it wouldn't be that big of a deal.
There were two that were very small. One was about an inch long, and the other was about 1.5." Besides not being able to tell the sex, I was afraid such a small one might die on me, since I have no experience with them. So with help from the girl who worked there, we picked what we think is probably a male, but I want you guys to confirm it. From the link Rhymon gave above, I had several things to look for. But I seemed to get them all mixed up in my head, about what traits were male and what traits were female. I felt like I was getting everything backwards. But the girl pointed out the darker eye stripe and the richer color. I noticed too, that this one's face is more pointed, and he has less of a "chin" than the ones that were probably females. Also, some of his dorsals are longer. The tail is not longer yet, but not sure if that's due to his young age. He's about the size of my mature femate bettas. Maybe 2.5." How old do you think he mgiht be at that size? I'll attach a pic so you can tell me if I'm right about him being a male. OK, pic isn't working. Its under Enchilada, Bolivian Ram in my pics. Sorry.