Endler Fry Has Belly "fringe" Help

  1. Lacey D

    Lacey D Well Known Member Member

    I had another round of endler fry born yesterday. As I was watching them last night, one has a strange yellow fringe on its belly. It is very hard to really see (I mean, they're only about 1cm total length). I isolated it and tried to take photos, as much to get a clearer look as to share. I pretty much failed, but here is what I have. The yellow spot below the normal belly is what I'm referring to, and when viewed by the naked eye it seems a little jagged.

    Could this be the remains of an external egg sac? I thought about keeping the little one separated for observation, but it was very stressed so I added it back to the main aquarium. It's swimming fine (AND FAST), and the "fringe" was still there this morning. I'm willing to just wait and see with this, but I was just wondering if someone had seen this before. At first I was worried it was a perforation in the abdominal wall, but I couldn't see it clearly enough to determine that. Where's my microscope when I need it! (Oh yah, at work). 00011IMG_00011_BURST20180614203702[1].jpg
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  2. Gypsy13

    Gypsy13 Well Known Member Member

    Hubby can’t see anything even with his magnifying glass. Says there a glare? Anyway, if it’s eating and swimming with no trouble, just keep a close eye on it. Keep us updated? Please?
     
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    Lacey D

    Lacey D Well Known Member Member

    Baby is still there, and growing along with the rest. As it grows, I'm seeing that the "fringe" is it's ventral fins which are sticking out at a weird angle because of whatever that yellow bulge was (unabsorbed yolk sac?). The yellow bulge has gone down a lot, but still isn't quite gone. SO my current working hypothesis is that it was born a tiny bit premature...but is keeping up with the rest regardless.
     
  4. Gypsy13

    Gypsy13 Well Known Member Member

    Eating, growing, swimming. Perfect. Thank you for the update. :)
     
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    Lacey D

    Lacey D Well Known Member Member

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    The fry is still around, and about a month old. As he grows larger and starts to develop his adult colors, I am now convinced that this is actually a hernia from an abdominal cavity which never fused. He is as large and as active as all the rest of the fish, happy, feeding and growing. I will never breed him (don't believe he COULD since this bulge would probably get in the way), but his survival is a testament to the hardiness and wonder that are endler. The amazing thing is that none of the other fish pick at him at all--my experience with fancy guppies was that they would nip at pretty much anything odd on another fish, but these lovely fish are so peaceful! If this was a large fish, like a betta or goldfish, I would consider one day attempting to suture his hernia shut..but at his upper size he will be an inch long--to small for my eyes, my fingers or tools, and my needles :/

    I will update again if he takes a turn for the worse, but for now I will add this to the list of birth defects endler can have...and potentially survive.