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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-27-2010, 01:48 AM Thread Starter
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short bodied betta o.o;

http://www.moomoobetta.com/gallery/m...?g2_itemId=120

Any one ever heard of short bodied bettas?..it just looks so painful..is it literally bent into the spine?..yuck..poor thing
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-27-2010, 02:17 AM
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Short bodies are a result of the DBT geno. This particular fish should have been culled from the get go. The fact he was allowed to remain alive is sickening. It's one thing to adopt a fish like this out to a pet only home but advertising it on a website like its a good thing or a new trend is disgusting.

I believe "moomoo bettas" is also breeding for the "big ear" trait. Doesn't seem like a very responsible breeder IMO.

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Those are some of the worst spine deformities I've ever seen... disgusting that people are trying to make money off of them..

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Is the fish actually in pain because of it?

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post #6 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-27-2010, 01:57 PM
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Most likely. There's a reason you don't see fish like that, most ethical breeders euth fish like that.

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Poor fish to be in pain and someone trying money off it. Thats super sick I hope people don't buy this.

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i hope so also thats cruel and peta should be on this
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post #9 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-27-2010, 05:16 PM
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It looks like they're (breeders) experimenting with the "pot belly" or "balloon" gene that has been discovered with the livebearers...like mollies, swordtails, etc. The betta in the picture has the face of a balloon molly! Pretty weird. If I were to guess at whether it's painful... I'd say, no. I've owned many balloon mollies and they are healthy and seem to do very well. I know mollies and bettas both like some salt...wonder if this little guy likes a bunch?

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Bettas aren't livebearers so they don't have the "pot belly" gene you speak of. This short body is a result of a debilitating deformity and I doubt this fish will live long before dieing of swim bladder issues.

Also on the note about salt.. Bettas don't actually need salt and prolonged use of it can cause liver and/or kidney failure.

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