Posted 28 March 2012 - 05:20 PM
There were more than I expected so I ended up putting them in my 20 high (no other fish)for the time being.
They look a bit thin, most are nipped up and two are pretty deformed. Here's a picture of one:
There is another that looks like this one but it's a fry, quite a bit smaller yet.
So far tonite Ive had crappy luck working with my tanks- I started to vacuum one out and the hose came out of the bucket so I have fishPEWP carpet that Im not so happy about. I thought I'd take a break to post a picture of this one though. Im going to seperate the two deformed ones out of the tank since I think they are females. No breeding from them!
What would cause this deformity? Genetics and/or habitat? I honestly dont know what size tank they came out of or anything about their previous care so I cant give any insight about that.
I guess once I get the carpet issue resolved I'll work on sorting the males from females as best as I can in order to prevent more fry in general. I'm just curious about how this deformity came about though.
Posted 28 March 2012 - 05:31 PM
Posted 28 March 2012 - 05:33 PM
You want to make sure that female does not breed at all and contribute to the gene pool. :/ She most likely won't be able to give birth properly anyways.
I had seen fish in "U" shapes, "L" shapes and, the one like yours, a "S" shape. Its pretty sad but if they manage to mature, they can probably survive fine.
Posted 28 March 2012 - 08:21 PM
Posted 28 March 2012 - 09:36 PM
I did have one female who was dropped on the floor and ended up with quite a deformed spine. I didn't think she was going to make it at first, but she recovered and lived more than another year. Despite my intention not to let her breed, I think an older juvenile male nailed her before I got him out of her tank, because I think she did get pregnant. She got a huge belly, but died before giving birth. Although it made me sad, because I really liked her, it was probably better than going through the birth process with her spine messed up.
Anyway, if they can swim and seem otherwise healthy, I'd agree with your plan to separate them so they don't breed and see what happens.
With my platy fry, if I catch the deformity while they are still little enough for my betta to eat, I feed them to him. He enjoys a live treat now and then, and since I can't sell deformed fish, it seems like a reasonable way to handle the need to cull.
Good luck with them.
Posted 29 March 2012 - 07:39 PM
Posted 30 March 2012 - 02:26 PM
I'll try to get some pictures of the group as well. Some are quite pretty, or have the potential to be even though they are ragged right now.
Posted 19 April 2012 - 06:59 PM
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