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> Hello From Sydney! And A Little Ask For Help., advice on damaged fish
tjwemery
post Tue, 31 Mar 2009 3:46 pm
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Hey everyone,

I have two new fancies I've had for a month now; a lionhead and a ranchu. BOTH of them are missing a fin! Is that ok? I only noticed when I got home from the fish shop and couldn't be bothered taking them back.

The lionhead is missing its pectoral right fin and only has a little stump. The ranchu is missing its right pelvic fin altogether, no stub, no bump, no scar. The other problem is that the little ranchu is also missing an eye. Its wen seems to cover the spot where it should be and there is just a little crease.

Now both of them seem to swim and eat just fine BUT I do need advice on if I'm doing the right thing by keeping them....? Will they be OK when they grow larger or are they likely to run into problems? How do they look?

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post Tue, 31 Mar 2009 4:29 pm
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Missing fins are birth defects and unless you intend to raise them to become showfishes, it is OK to keep as pets.Wen covering eyes are common in black ranchus and is not an issue either.

Fishes are underfed; feed more. But I suspect they may be stunted judging from the large fins compared to the body.
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post Tue, 31 Mar 2009 5:18 pm
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Fishes are underfed; feed more. But I suspect they may be stunted judging from the large fins compared to the body.


Thanks. I'm not intending to show them, but I do want them to get big and fat with big wens (doesn't everybody).
Stunted? That sounds bad.
I've started feeding them better, I'm now feeding them Hikari Lionhead and they got their first taste of frozen bloodworms today.


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