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Onael
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Fantail tail fins not to standard
« on: October 22, 2011, 01:39:02 AM »

Hi y'all. I have a 3 inch orange fantail named Patsy. All her fins are intact and flow beautifully, but my I noticed that her tail is not split in half. The top edge of her tail fins are fused together until the just shy of the tips.

Questions (just curious really):
Is this okay?
Can I split it myself?

Thank you.
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Skwishee
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Re: Fantail tail fins not to standard
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2011, 04:47:02 AM »

I am sure her fins are fine, as long as she's acting normally, then it is probably just how she is meant to be.
Goldfish come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, so having the occasional variation with tail shape, is probably nothing to worry about. My goldfish Lucky in fact has part of her dorsal fin missing, but that's just how she is!

Do not split the tail yourself.
This would no doubt be cruel and un necessary, your goldfish sounds like a beautiful happy goldfish, so please, leave the fins as they are.
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Onael
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Re: Fantail tail fins not to standard
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2011, 10:50:00 AM »

Okay. Thank you for your reply. Of all my goldies, her fins flow nicely as she swims about
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Ron H
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Re: Fantail tail fins not to standard
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2011, 05:17:54 AM »

Nice one Skwishee, I would lean towards leaving the tail as it is as well, to split it would only really be necessary if it was impeeding the fish in some way. Cheers
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Nossie
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Re: Fantail tail fins not to standard
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2011, 01:22:31 PM »

Some goldfish you buy in the pet shop can have little "errors" like the tail not being entirely split, or some fins not being paired but that kind of things won't matter as long as you still like how they look, and of course, like the fish for who they are Wink

Rather don't meddle physically with the goldfishes' looks unless you feel that they're actually suffering from the "mistakes".
Some people trim the orandas' headgrowth when it covers their eyes for example, but that usually doesn't keep them from working normally either way.
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fantailer
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Re: Fantail tail fins not to standard
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2011, 05:35:59 AM »

Ouch trimming the headgrowth would hurt right?!
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Nossie
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Re: Fantail tail fins not to standard
« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2011, 12:16:24 PM »

No, it's a lot like cutting your hair Smiley
And of course the fish would be sedated with oil of cloves Smiley
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fantailer
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Re: Fantail tail fins not to standard
« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2011, 05:56:39 AM »

Oh good!
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scrivens345
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Re: Fantail tail fins not to standard
« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2011, 06:16:11 AM »

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No, it's a lot like cutting your hair Smiley
And of course the fish would be sedated with oil of cloves Smiley

Why does that make me Think of a certain film with Dustin Hoffman & Larry Olivier Wink
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Goldiegirl
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Re: Fantail tail fins not to standard
« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2011, 05:03:58 PM »

A tail that isn't clefted down to the base will not cause any discomfort or harm to the fish. It simply means this is how your fish was born and will only cause the tail be less expanded.

I have a goldie named Copper Kate who, when I bought her, seemed to have a clefted tail down to the base. But it turns out that one of the other fish in the tank had only ripped it down the middle! Within a few months it had sealed right back up again. This would undoubtably happen if you attempted to cleft the tail yourself. Goldfish are animals, not craft projects; yours would be uncomfortable to say the least, as was already addressed by previous posters. The tail fin would have a high risk of getting an infection as well.

Most pet store goldfish are culls, meaning that the breeders only keep fish that have ideal breeding standards, then sell the rest to chain stoes or small shops. These fish make wonderful pets and can have beautiful coloring and finnage, they just wouldn't have the proper requirements to be a show goldfish. It is only important to have a goldfish with perfect confirmation if you are intending to breed that fish to produce show-quality specimens. So just love your fishy the way it is.  Wink

You really do learn not to care what they look like after a while, you just love them for their little personalities!

Nossie: I have seen a video of a person trimming a goldfish's headgrowth! The person first sedates the goldfish by letting it swim around in water treated with clove oil. The goldfish eventually passes out. The person then lays them out on a clean surface and proceeds to trim the wen using surgical scisors. Every so often he puts the goldfish back in the water so it doesn't dry out. After the trimming is complete, he puts the fish back into regular water and moves the fish around to get him back to normal. So cool!  Smiley
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Nossie
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Re: Fantail tail fins not to standard
« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2011, 06:57:36 AM »

Yep, I both read about the procedure and watched a video as well Smiley Some vets do it with scalpel and some with sterile scissors.
It's not a hard procedure, but one has to be careful not to harm the eyes D:
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Goldiegirl
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Re: Fantail tail fins not to standard
« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2011, 12:35:26 PM »

My hands would be shaking I would be so nervous about hurting the fish!

Wonder if someone has ever attempted to give their fish a mohawk? Lol.

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fantailer
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Re: Fantail tail fins not to standard
« Reply #12 on: October 27, 2011, 04:13:32 PM »

Or a buzz cut I would name that one major.
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Goldiegirl
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Re: Fantail tail fins not to standard
« Reply #13 on: October 28, 2011, 02:30:24 PM »

Hahahah Fantailer  Wink
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