Juvenile Guppy has a distorted spine
One of my juvenile Guppies caught my attention today.
It shows the following symptoms:
- a slightly distorted spine (slightly bent, it looks as if he had a hollow back)
- uncertain swimming movements
It is hard to see as the fish is still rather small.
Now I would like to know if this threatens the other fish, and if stress increases the risk for other fish to become ill. I would like to add some Black Widow Tetras as well.
This kind of abnormity occurs every now and then in Guppy babies, rather a lot of them seem to be caused genetically. Injuries are also a possible cause. Although it may sound brutal - it is alright if some of the babies get eaten. In nature, this is exactly what happens to misshapen, injured or ill fish: They can escape less easily and are slower than healthy fish, thus they are the first to become prey to predators.
Dr. Bodo Schnell