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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-12-2011, 06:44 PM Thread Starter
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Spoonhead/Hunchback Betta Health

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My new betta, Finnegan, is a spoonhead/hunchback red plakat male, and I hae been doing a little research about his type.
I was just wondering, are hunchbacks usually less healthy? So far, Finnegan has been extremely hardy (he survived in a filter for 4 days!), and I haven't had any problems.
But does he have any genetic problems that I should worry about?

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-12-2011, 07:20 PM
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I don't think they have health issues, no. Just a visually non-appealing look that shouldn't be bred. ;)

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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-12-2011, 08:29 PM
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i think they're just as healthy. it's just a sign of bad breeding, imo, and should affect his overall health. if it was really severe, he may have issues eating, i've been told, and shouldn't be bred either way. x:
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That is a result of bad breeding/ improper culling. It has no bearing on his health but it should disqualify him from a breeding program for any breeder with a personal ethic code.

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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-12-2011, 10:11 PM Thread Starter
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Oh, okay, thanks! Funny about the breeding thing... my LFS charged me 20$ for him and told me that they were a rare breed!

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I prefer plakats with thicker bodies and a bit of a dipped head...I'm not a fan of plakats with long bodies...just look weird. As long as the trait isn't extreme it shouldn't affect much as far as health.

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PK should have symmetrical bodies just like any other fish. A long bodied PK is just as bad as a short bodied PK. IMO all fish should have a smooth curving topline, not a hunchback and not a spoon head either regardless of tail type.

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Hah, thats an LFS for you, what jerks ;P
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-16-2011, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
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I know, right? Well, I'll still go to them. There fish are really expensive, but beutiful and super healthy.

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