Deformed Neon Tetra?

Naleli

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Hello, I recently bought 6 neon tetra for my 10 gal tank. Once I brought them home I noticed one of them had a severely curved spine. He eats the food I put in there and swims around fine with the other neons. Is he sick or does he just have something like scoliosis?
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He has a spine problem for sure. Sometimes breeders will cull fry with deformations. I would just give him a good nick name and let him enjoy his tank.
 

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Inno said:
He has a spine problem for sure. Sometimes breeders will cull fry with deformations. I would just give him a good nick name and let him enjoy his tank.
I had a guppy who had severe bends to her spine. Her tail fin was actually twisted 90 degrees so it worked up and down as opposed to side to side. She was my favourite and we called her twitchy.
 

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Naleli said:
Hello, I recently bought 6 neon tetra for my 10 gal tank. Once I brought them home I noticed one of them had a severely curved spine. He eats the food I put in there and swims around fine with the other neons. Is he sick or does he just have something like scoliosis?
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Yep, its definitely deformed. It could have been a normal rare birth defect, a young injury, or had come from an extremely large inbreeding line. You should take good care of him.
 

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He s deformed all right. I have noticed deformed spines being more and more common in guppies and neons due to the way they have been bred over the years.
 
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