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Old 08-27-2015, 04:39 PM   #1 
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Exclamation I just found this female on Aquabid...

Why do people even sell fish like this? Are spinal deformities a thing now??

Has anyone seen even worse deformities on a fish?
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Old 08-27-2015, 04:41 PM   #2 
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It's a cull, not good for breeding and doesn't look good so no use in keeping, spine deformities are from too much inbreeding I think.
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Old 08-27-2015, 04:53 PM   #3 
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It's a cull, not good for breeding and doesn't look good so no use in keeping, spine deformities are from too much inbreeding I think.
That's why I'm confused as to why they're selling her on AB. The breeder is asking $20 for her. I honestly think he/she should have culled it from the start.
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Old 08-27-2015, 04:58 PM   #4 
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Yeah, should just be like $5 or so at a lfs, needs to be in great conditions though, so aquabid is better I guess
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Yeah, should just be like $5 or so at a lfs, needs to be in great conditions though, so aquabid is better I guess
WEll yes, but besides her obvious deformity, her finnage isn't all that great.
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Old 08-27-2015, 05:05 PM   #6 
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Yeah, even free to a good home would be better.
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Old 08-27-2015, 06:04 PM   #7 
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I personally think a lot of fancy goldfish and those 'balloon' fish they sell are pretty deformed looking.

But talking about bettas specifically, I do have a young fish here, that as a fry, had a spinal deformity so bad his topline looked like a concertina fold. However, because he was matching the growth rate of his normal sibling without any special care, I thought I'd let him live and see what happens. If the issue didn't correct, I would cull.

Astonishingly, over time, his spine started to straighten up and now there's only a very small divot in front of his dorsal fin.

I still don't know how his organs functioned properly when he was younger as his whole body looked like it had been put into a compactor. Most of the fry I have with significant deformities like that, die off when they are forced to compete against their healthier siblings. However, I think because there were only the two of them, 'Zig-Zag' stood a better chance at survival.

But I do think fish like the fish in the OP should be culled. Some hobbyists are drawn to the unusual, and I worry that such a fish could find its way into a breeding tank somewhere.
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All balloon fish have a severely bent spines, that's what gives that balloon look.
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