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Old 04-15-2013, 10:12 AM   #1 
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genetic deformity?

I have two out of a 9 fry spawn that have what looks like a mouth deformity. Is this going to effect the betta in the future? It's eating and swimming fine.
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Old 04-15-2013, 12:16 PM   #2 
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Not sure what its future will be but if it can eat and swim normally, I don't think it would become a problem. But I'm sure this isn't genetic.
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Old 04-15-2013, 12:31 PM   #3 
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It could very likely effect their lives. I got a rescue goldfish who had it's mouth locked open. He starved to death but he was only with me for a day so I couldn't help. If they can close them they could be okay but would likely not sell except to maybe a petstore. If you want them to live, you need to keep them.
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Old 04-15-2013, 04:58 PM   #4 
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This has happened to my fry if the small ones try to eat the bigger fry food its like they break their own jaw I usually give them a few days every once in a while they come out of it, then I cull because they have to use their face as a shovel to get food.
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Old 04-15-2013, 05:02 PM   #5 
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Id cull it. Id imagine life would be pretty hard if you cant close your mouth, especially when trying to get air into your labyrinth organ
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Old 04-15-2013, 05:05 PM   #6 
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Let it live. If it can eat fine and breath (both of which it obviously can at this point), there's no need to kill them.
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Old 04-15-2013, 07:46 PM   #7 
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Yes I agree that they would end up a) need culled or b) have to stay with you or one of us on here to give them a forever home :)
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Old 04-18-2013, 08:01 PM   #8 
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If you have time and space.. and at that age, what is 2 more, let them grow. See their quality of life. I recently raised one born with one eye. Smaller than tank mates.. but still did fine. I have someone that rehomes most of my fish.. and that one went to a home that would allow for the defect. I would not keep it for months.. but at jarring age it had to go. And I was lucky to have a place for it. You may be able to find a special home for them as well.. if not, you can destroy at a later date.
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Old 04-19-2013, 12:51 AM   #9 
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I cull to my koi. He gobbles up my deformed juvies!
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I cull to my koi. He gobbles up my deformed juvies!

I think that is the best way to cull , life giving life to another
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