Are All Dragon Scale Betta Fish Blind?

Discussion in 'Betta Fish' started by J. Peefer, Feb 18, 2019.

  1. J. PeeferNew MemberMember

    I know a lot of them are prone to blindness because of their scales growing over their eyes, but I've. heard a wide range of answers for how often this actually happens. I've heard some say it's very rare while others have said they all get it at some point. does anyone know how often this actually happens?
  2. The_fishyWell Known MemberMember

    I think it depends. Some have it happen very early in life (I saw one only a few months old like that before), while others only have slow progression of scaling that may never take their sight in the fish’s lifespan. I think the best way to determine the chances of it for an individual betta is to look at how heavy scaling is around the rim of the eye in relation to the fish’s age. If the fish is a few years old and has rim scaling, he/she may never go blind or only experience mild sight hinderance. A young fish that already has scaling approaching the pupil will most likely go blind.

    It all depends on the fish’s genetic background.
  3. The_fishyWell Known MemberMember

    Sorry, double post.
  4. J. PeeferNew MemberMember

    ah okay thank you so much. that makes sense.