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Old 03-21-2012, 06:54 PM   #1
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Guppy help

I have three guppies in a 10 gallon tank. All are males. I've had them about 4 months. The past week I've noticed my sunrise guppy has been swimming weird. He looks like his spine is bent in a 'S' shape. He didn't look like this when I got him. He's eating normally still but he's hiding behind the filter intake or heater and staying at the bottom of the tank hiding in plants. He doesn't look sick he just has his back bent. I noticed sometimes he swims around looking fine and I don't see any bullying going on. Why would he be doing this?

I'll post a video or pictures when I can get them to upload. Having some trouble getting my camera to work.
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Old 03-21-2012, 07:13 PM   #2
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I've had a couple platy that have had crooked backs, I was told it can sometimes just be a birth defect...?
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Old 03-21-2012, 08:01 PM   #3
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Would it just change like that though? He only started doing this a week ago. I had to put him into QT a month ago. When he got out of QT I took him and my other two guppies out of the tank they were in and put them in my 10 gallon.
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I'm not real sure! I know my one platy I have now, seemed completely straight for a while, then just started looking crooked a few weeks ago! Kind of weird! She still eats, swims around, seems ok... Just looks funny.
Someone told me that crooked spines could be due to long lines of inbreeding. You know, since all the fish breed with each other, despite they might be siblings! Lol
Other than that, I don't really know what else could be causing it!
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Old 03-21-2012, 08:33 PM   #5
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Sorry it's so blurry but you can see what he's doing. He's the yellow and orange one.

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Yea, to me, it looks kind of like how my platy swims but I can't be sure! Hopefully someone else that knows a little more might comment so we both might be able to figure out what's going on!
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:04 PM   #7
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i was told its a paracite that atacks the spine of guppys not shure how true this is but look up guppy desiese
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I got to looking at guppy diseases and found rickets. Its caused by a vitamin d deficiency. Once it happens you can't reverse it but treat it.
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Hi, I also have many guppies in my tank, seems few are being born with crooked spines. I had a look online and everyone says they should be put down. Do you think it's ok to feed them to my friends turtle? I don't want to freeze them :S
Also, how should I prevent this from happening? They will obviously keep breeding with each other in my tank.
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Hi, I also have many guppies in my tank, seems few are being born with crooked spines. I had a look online and everyone says they should be put down. Do you think it's ok to feed them to my friends turtle? I don't want to freeze them :S
Also, how should I prevent this from happening? They will obviously keep breeding with each other in my tank.
You can try to cull them out the best you can. Look up rickets if you haven't already and see if that fits. Yours is probably a birth defect though. I read increasing vitamin D can help (look on amazon for fish vitamins) but yours will need to be culled. Make sure your friend's turtle can eat fish, I don't see why it would be a bad thing if you gave them to it. Circle of life, Creatures eat other creatures. I myself can't euthanize the little guy. I treat him like the others I just don't have the heart. I like him and I think he's prettier than the others lol.
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