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Black moor mutant: Concern or not?
« on: October 13, 2010, 06:20:36 PM »

My black moor has a gene that makes his tail all funky. Instead of being double tailed he is triple tailed, and there has always been this weird little black thingy hanging off a few cm from the caudial peduncle. He also has a few holes in his fins that have never gone away and it's been around 3 months, maybe more. Also, one eye is much larger than the other.

You may ask, why did I buy a fish so strange? Actually I didn't notice any of these deformities when he was in a tank with 100 other fish identical to himself. I usually try to avoid any abnormal body growths or fin developments as a rule.

Can these mutations affect his living quality as he ages? Or will he not have any trouble? My main concern is his eye - it's just so grotesquely malformed.
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Re: Black moor mutant: Concern or not?
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2010, 02:52:51 AM »

I don't think his tail would matter too much actually... but be careful with those holes! It could be a good idea to treat him with some Melafix or Pimafix, they're not really medicines, but they're natural remedies that will help the fish heal on its own Smiley But then again, for three months?? Could you post a picture of this fish? I have no idea of what this "black thingy" on his tail would be xD Is it like a lump?

I wonder why the breeder kept this fish at all actually, mainly because of the eye... It's not aesthetically pleasing, and there could be the risk that it'd develop into a problem later on. But for now, I don't think he's very bothered by it, unless it's making him act weird, like swim in strange angles or struggle to do so. It might become a problem when he'll grow old, but he's probably used to it by now Smiley
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Re: Black moor mutant: Concern or not?
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2010, 06:47:57 PM »

Yeah post a pic if you can!
You know all our fat bodied, dorsaless fish are mutations!
They all come from the grey green colored carp like fish. Wink
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