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Thought I share - Balloon Molly x Pearl Gourami

This is a discussion on Thought I share - Balloon Molly x Pearl Gourami within the Member Photo/Video Gallery forums, part of the Aquarium Related Chat category; mollies can't breed with gouamis, just not physically possible. Even if they weren't in widely separated families, one's a livebearer, ...

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    mollies can't breed with gouamis, just not physically possible. Even if they weren't in widely separated families, one's a livebearer, and the other an egg layer.

    Yours is just one of many species sadly deformed into a balloon type, bred with inheritable scoliosis.
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    WOW! I thought I've seen everything till this...kind of freakish,all Head like it's missing half it's body! Glad to hear You are giving it special care.

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    That's a balloon pearl gourami.i had some at my shop . They balloon many fish now. Including balloon oscars, guppies, swords, rams, etc etc.






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    I think "Balloon" people will be the next BIG thing..... JK. I think most balloon varieties are just ugly.....

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    I second Stuart!

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    Correct, balloon Gourami. Not a cross.
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    Most ballooned fish look like they are in pain to me, with scoliosis (as Storm said) and displaced organs. But are all the balloon fish genetically deformed? The cobalt blue rams looked fairly ram-like, not hunch-backed, to me -- but of course I'm not an expert.

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    OK.

    Here are some balloon people that are different....



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    Ironically Balloon type fish are extremely hardy, realistically these fish are no different ethically then exotic goldfish, all have been altered through select breeding to create what we have today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Morainy View Post
    Most ballooned fish look like they are in pain to me, with scoliosis (as Storm said) and displaced organs. But are all the balloon fish genetically deformed? The cobalt blue rams looked fairly ram-like, not hunch-backed, to me -- but of course I'm not an expert.
    I don't know if all fish with 'balloon' in their name are balloon form (I've lost track of how many species have been "ballooned"), but those that are get their look, in part, from their selectively bred, deformed spine - scoliosis. There are degrees of severity. If you've got some time, do a net search for "do fish feel pain" as a starting point. But, yes, it hurts. That applies to some forms of goldfish, too. (please don't run me over in the parking lot) The curved spine is painful, but additional complications stem from the corresponding rearrangement of the internal organs. You can see from the photo how the curvature compacts the space available to the internal organs.

    The Heterandria in this photo is a severe case. Can be caused by bacteria (present in dirty water with high organic waste), genetics, nutrition and/or parasites.

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