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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-06-2011, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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Betta Dragon's eyesight...?

Having kept bettas for a couple years now I've wondered about the "Dragon" bettas having "obscured" eyesight. When you observe a dragon closely there are some who's dragon "scaling" cover portions of their eyeball, and then there are those that do not. The question is: Does the "scaling" covering some dragons eyes obscure or hamper their vision? Are there genetic issues that "create" eye problems?

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-06-2011, 03:12 PM
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erm, unless I'm hopelessly mistaken, dragon is no different than regular betta. The "dragon" is just a painted-like coloring. So the "scale" color might include their eyes but it shouldn't hamper their vision.

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the scaling over the eyes does hamper their vision a bit, yes. if you could get pictures to show what you mean exactly, it'd be easie to tell you. x:

but, that IS a HUGE problem in dragon bettas. many times, breeders aren't careful about how they breed them, and the scaling covers the eyes and causes the bettas to be either totally blind, or partly blind. the best way to keep this from happening, is to watch the bettas you want to breed closely. my brother's dragon didn't go blind until he was at least 2 years old(roughly. he was a pet store betta), but then there's some who show blindness almost right away.
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It is obvious in some, the eyes look like they are covered. And Luimeril is right, it is a BIG issue for dragons
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The dragon scaling can grow over the eye and block portions of eye-sight.

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Is this case. the fish is completely blind (known as a "diamond eye")
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Thanks for responding everybody. I knew there had to be an issue with those "scales" over the eye of some dragons I've seen. When shopping a dragon it's just another thing to look for when selecting. Thanks again.

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Scaling over the eyes usually doesn't affect them health-wise. :) Just harder to see some things. :P
It doesn't make them any less valuable. ^^ I actually kinda like it- not the "diamond eye" one though...that's just freaky.

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I actually kinda like it- not the "diamond eye" one though...that's just freaky.
Glad I'm not the only one who thinks so. I like the look of the thicker scales, but the covered eyes look creepy.
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o.o so is their bodies different than regular bettas? Like... Stronger? Like battle suit? :P

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*Super armor ENGAGE!*

Lol, I wish! That'd be sweet, but I think they just have thicker scaling- not super duper though. xD

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