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My Red Capped Oranda's ween is growing over it's eyes. Is this normal? Is there something I can do to stop it? He is having a hard time finding his food.

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Dont worry! this is completely normal! :D There is some thing you can do. You can cut his wen VERY delicatly! I dont know how to do it, but someone who does will come along soon! :)

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wen trimming is a very very riskey thing to do ..you risk infection ,stress and such..when a fish is in a controled envioroment it does not need to be done (unless it is covering the gills and restricting it's breathing) I have a ranchu who can;t see worth beans but knows the tank and can smell the food and she is a happy fish ..you just have to make things easy for them and be sure she is getting the food by dropping at both ends of the tank your oranda will be just fine :D and yes pics I love orandas with beautiful wen growth

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Hey thanks for your replies!

I checked the link that lucky13 submitted and it says, "A diet rich in proteins and fats contributes to wen growth as does genetics

and good clean water". So does this mean I can alter it's diet to help slow down the growth?

Unfortunatly I have no camera at the moment so I cant show a pic but he is not as bad off as the fish in the link. He is in with a Black Moor who used to not be able to get his food because of the Oranda, now it is the other way around. And the Oranda head butts the Black Moor in frustration.

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Hi Jody :)

Like Heidi said, trimming the wen is risky business. I found this link to another thread from someone concerned about wen growth.

I hope it eases your mind. :D

Debbie

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yes wen trimming is risky, It is probably best if you get a gold fish specialist with exsperiance or a vet that specializes in fish to do it. You should probably only have it done if your fish cant breath or it is having a really hard time doing anything.

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Strange.. why people want to trim the Wen on their fish? I wish my lionheads have wens grow from head to toe. Besides, the infections, the painful operation on the wen / stress will kill the fish anyway.

I would consider that as animal cruelty.

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Wen trimming is tricky, yes. I rather not do it. Besides, those fish are my favorite, and just need some extra attention when it comes to food and such. Give them more time to find it, and preferably have them in a tank with fish that aren't so fast or bullying. Ryukins and single tail fish aren't the best candidates for an eye handicapped fish like that. And remove all sharp objects he might run into - less is better, gives less of confussion for the fish. :)

Besides, the only danger is when it starts to grow over the gill plates. It'll effect its breathin then.

If anything else fails, send him to me - I don't mind having him... :D

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I agree - trimming the wen is much like docking dogs tails or ears. And, in most cases, if the fish lives, the wen simply grows back.

The fish does just fine - it does not belong in the "wild" or even out in a LARGE pond where it would have to compete with a lot of other fish - but in a tank, it should be just fine.

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Hey thanks! I will leave his wen the way it is. He is learning to find the food and his eyes are not completly covered yet. I was more concerned that this was abnormal.

Thanks again

Jody

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