Franken Fish – Freak Show!

April 10th, 2007

Fish without an EyeSo often, all we tend to show off are our pristine looking aquariums, with algae-free leaves, and beautiful fish. I try and show those pictures (as few as they may be), but more than that, I like to share everything else along the way, even if it might be a little embarrassing or not quite perfect. Well, here is another such example. I decided to feature a few of my less-than-ideal fish today. I’m sure we’ve all had them. You get that perfect fish home from the fish store. You’re proud to show it off to your friends, and after a few years in your tank, you notice that once graceful fish has a spine that nears 90 degrees, and it just kind of hovers around the tank being unable to swim. Well, I have a couple of these situations.

Case 1: Blind Fish

Fish without an Eye

I don’t remember buying a fish without an eye, so this must have happened somewhere along the way. Presumably, the poor guy knocked his eye on a rock or piece of equipment, and wasn’t able to find it in time to have the ER sew it back on. Nevertheless, he’s an otherwise normal specimen that schools with the other fish, and seems happy.

Case 2: Siamese Endler

Siamese EndlerIt’s amazing how fast Endler’s breed. You start with a few pairs, and before you know it, you’re stuck with hundreds of these guys in your tanks. Mathematically speaking, you’re bound to see a few funny ones along the way. Well, here is the most bizarre one I’ve ever seen. This female was born perfectly healthy. As she grew up, I noticed a growth on the underside of her belly. As she continued to grow, so did the growth. Once it got larger, it was obvious that this wasn’t just a tumor of sorts, but another fish body altogether! Not only that, but there is an extra set of pelvic fins growing off of that body that she appears to be able to control. I’ve had her for at least 6 months, maybe a year, and she has shown no other abnormal behavior. Amazing!

Siamese Endler

So, I’ve shared some of my embarrassing fish. Please do the same via comments or email.

5 Responses to “Franken Fish – Freak Show!”

  1. Lauren Says:

    They aren’t embarrassing fish – they add character and fun 🙂 I forgot about the one-eyed one. He is really pretty despite the one eye.

  2. Harry Pothead-Big Pooper Says:

    Nice! You even caught the endler pooping!

  3. guitarfish Says:

    That was for you Pooper. 🙂

  4. Brian D Says:

    I hate to be the first to say this, but I couldn’t resist…are you sure that Endler isn’t a male?

  5. guitarfish Says:

    lol, yeah I’m sure it’s not a male, Brian! The colorful one below it is though. 🙂