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Old 09-29-2008, 11:13 AM   #1
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red eye balloon tetras.


i grabbed a few of these guys at the lfs on saturday and am going back this afternoon to get a few more if they aren't sold out.

has anyone else had any experience with them?

they were an impulse buy, but the guy said they don't get any bigger than an inch and a half/two inches and they are ridiculously cute and school extremely well.
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Old 09-29-2008, 12:48 PM   #2
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Any Balloon fish is going to end up with problems. They are selectively bred for a spinal deformation that causes the look they have. I rack them up right next to dyed and tattoo'd fish.
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Old 09-29-2008, 02:50 PM   #3
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I rack them up right next to dyed and tattoo'd fish.
Agree totally. Breeding fish for deformities just to make money is very unethical and inhumane. You don't want to encourage that.
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thanks, guys.

i will take care of the ones i already have and hope they do okay. i won't encourage the lfs and purchase any more.

lesson learned.
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Old 09-29-2008, 04:50 PM   #5
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Do you have any pictures? It's interesting to see what the breeders are coming up with nowadays.
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They are bred for deformities and the practice should be stopped, but my friend's tank has some balloon fish in it that she's had for years. No health problems or issues, so I think it really depends on the fish.
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makes you wonder where to draw the line.we may never know if the fish is in discomfort.
if they could scream,we probably would have stopped breeding betta splendens for their long fins years ago.or all the other long-fin variants of common fish for that matter.
to me,this latest craze of dyed and broke-back fish varieties are really sad.especially after hearing that up to 50% of fish injected with the paints they use,die!
rule of thumb for me now:if its not found in the wild like that,than do not try to create it.they are beautiful as they are!
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Old 09-29-2008, 07:59 PM   #8
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If fish were as cuddly as kitties and puppies then it would be animal cruelty but no one cares about fish like that... This should change. Imagine if you found out that you were selectively breed to have a broken back and eyes popping out of your eye sockets...
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I've seen theses at my LFS too. They are cute, and chubby. They also had some Balloon Rainbows, Mollies, Platy, and these sort of Cichlids (not Africans though).
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i will try to get a picture. i got them because they seemed very non-agressive and they are very cute. i wasn't aware that any sort of balloon fish was a deformity because i've never been interested in them before. and i'd never even heard of these guys.

i had to have my gerbil put to sleep on saturday morning. so i went to the fish store and these guys were so cute and made me laugh.

i feel terrible now that i know that they're not supposed to look like this.
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If fish were as cuddly as kitties and puppies then it would be animal cruelty but no one cares about fish like that...
Unfortunately, many dogs and cats are bred to be so extreme they have difficulty functioning normally and come with a host of health problems.

The people who buy them don't seem to care as long as they get something they feel is unique.

My lfs has a bunch of "balloon" corys. Their mouthparts are not resting on the gravel as they should, and I think it's disgusting.

I think aquarium fish come in enough variety that we don't need them to be deformed to increase our choices.
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I've seen long finned panda corys but Ballon Corys? Thats taking it way to far...
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Cories are already perfect the way they are. Have thoughts changed on this subject now? Have balloon fish been accepted as mainstream? I was researching balloon tetras and came across this thread. I like the red eye tetras.
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