Thanks, I see, so if you don't want a blind fish best to avoid dragon scale all together, or at least try and buy one with clear eyes, does the dragon scale stop growing or does it continue throughout the fishes life?
Most Dragons won't have the scaling, you just have to watch out for it. For that particular boy, I would probably avoid if you didn't want a blind or half blind fish; sometimes it only happens over one eye. I believe scales grow all through their lives if I'm not mistaken, they will grow in new scales when old ones are knocked out but I don't think they will grow longer and fuse like, say, nails would do if you didn't trim them. So more like our skin where it heals and grows and changes as we age, so would the scales if that's true. This is just my inference and educated guess but it sounds right lol
ok thanks what do you mean, wont have the scaling, you just have to watch out for it, what would you watch out for? look for?
Oh sorry >.< it's been a long day lol.
So this boy (one of my former fish), notice how clean his eyes look; no scaling creeping into them at all even though he is a Full Mask Dragon meaning his entire face is covered with the thicker scales.
This boy has scaling already forming over the bottom part of his eye, you would want to avoid that.
Thank you so much for that explanation, I think I get it. A lot of the dragon's I see on AB seem to have DS seeping into the eye somewhere. Its sad really that a lot of buyers who are maybe just looking for a pretty pet could buy a fish unaware that it could end up blind. I do plan to buy from AB in the future, when I have moved back to the UK which should be in a few months.
My only DS (from Petco) came with perfectly clear eyes. Two years later, when he passed, several small sprinkles of scale color were growing all over his eyes, not encroaching from the edge. Just another data point for anyone interested.