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lreiden
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Slight bend in rear fin
« on: June 28, 2011, 09:31:09 AM »

I have a young (about 3 months old) fantail, seems perfectly happy and healthy but has a little bend in one of the back fins.  I think he/she may have had it in the beginning when I got him, what does a bend in the fin usually mean?  It doesnt seem to inhibit him in any way I'm just curious as to whey this happens.
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Nossie
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Re: Slight bend in rear fin
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2011, 02:56:51 PM »

Most likely a genetic defect. The goldfish that are sold in pet stores are culls from breeders of show quality fish, and will usually have some small "errors", such as: Bended fins, single pelvic, and anal fins, different sized caudal lobes, thinner bodies than the standards, differently colored eyes.... etc etc etc Wink
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Goldiegirl
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Re: Slight bend in rear fin
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2011, 05:36:34 PM »

Argghhhh that gets on my nerves...maybe I'm a perfectionist, but it bothers me to see all the disfigured fish at our LFS. Some are so grotesquely malformed they are missing eyes, both pelvic fins, and sometimes even don't have a tail at all. I saw one poor fish who had his mouth on the side of his head, causing him to have difficulty eating  Angry However, a fish with bended/twisted fins still seems to be able to enjoy life and remain happy and peppy as the others.  Smiley
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Nossie
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Re: Slight bend in rear fin
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2011, 09:44:14 AM »

REALLY?! Shocked I've never seen any such things here! First of all, why do they even try to sell those? Most people would have troubles taking care of disfigured fish with special needs :/ All of the fish around here have been really nice fish, although obviously not show quality.
At most, when I had guppies as a child, they were breeding and breeding and breeding, so I couldn't tell which one was the mother, father or brother to which xD In the end I had a few that had bended spines, just a bit bended, but still visible. They had no problems anyway and lead very happy lives Cheesy
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Re: Slight bend in rear fin
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2011, 02:04:47 PM »

LFS is local fish store I'm assuming? haha,
I got this one from the petsmart near me...all of their goldfish are really well taken care of from what I can tell...walmart on the other hand...i dont know who on earth would get a fish from there, unless you like to rescue fish which would be a lovely idea except that I keep killing the fish I get because I cant seem to get my tank cycled! one of these days..
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Goldiegirl
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Re: Slight bend in rear fin
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2011, 02:12:43 PM »

Yes, it's awful. They buy culls for super cheap. I guess some people don't know very much about fish or don't take the time to look 'em over very carefully, and chain stores take advantage of that just to make a profit. I think severely disfigured fish, and I mean VERY disfigured, should not be sold at all. Petsmart takes pretty good care of their fish around here, but the ones they buy are not healthy. That's why it's so hard for me to get a good fish around here.  Undecided And funny about the guppies! When I had some they gave birth ALL THE TIME. However, the babies all got eaten up...canablistic fish.  Roll Eyes Walmart takes horrible care of their fish, although they don't buy bad culls. If you catch 'em right as they get a new shipment of fish, before the fish have time to get sick, you can sometimes save them just in time. And Ireiden, good guess.  Wink you'll get used to the fish lingo around here.  Smiley
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