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Well I have a batch of fry that are going to be two months on the 17th. They are out in my 250 gallon stock tank/pond. Recently I decided to bring a few in to keep in my tank to observe their growth. But a few days in I noticed all 3 had lifted gill flaps on their left side. After a further investigation it turns out 80% of the fry have the same defect. I find it odd though. Neither of the parents had any gill defects and there is no chance of inbreeding between the two. To have a recessive trait so prevalent is weird. It just bums me out because lifted gill plates bug the heck out of me and I cant stand looking at them. So I can't keep most of them and I cant imagine anyone who will want them, but I dont want to kill them. :(

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Oh, I am so sorry to hear it :( I hope you find a solution :)

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pictures! I'm sure many people wouldn't mind a fish with a curled gill flap :)

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Do you have any friends in the hobby? Maybe donate them to a trusted LFS? :idont

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I wouldn't really mind them! I think it would give the fish more character ;) I have a little singletail with a missing dorsal fin with no hopes of growing back, and I think it makes him more loveable <3 Good luck!

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You should post pics, I don't think I've ever seen curled gill covers before!

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I just dont like being able to see into the gills, it creeps me out.

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that's a bummer :(

This is second hand information, but one of our previous (and well respected members) ryukin girl, has stated that curled gills can be a sign of heavy fluke infestation or high nitrites (could also just be genetic). Did you treat the fry with prazi?

Here is a thread that talks about this http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/90363-gill-curl-in-baby-goldfishis-this-genetic/

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This is my favorite fish, Flipper. She has terrible floaty swim bladder issues and one of her gills has flipped since the day I bought her, but her imperfections are endearing :)

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One of my favorite fish has 2 1/2 tails (two full ones and then a third tip of a tail) and I embrace that in her, these kind of characteristics are what we find so endearing. Im not saying they are bad fish, just that the flipped gill flap creeps me out and fish stores wont take them.

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