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Finn the Severely Disabled Goldfish

sootling

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So as I was browsing my local pet store a couple weeks ago, I came across this little guy sitting at the bottom of the fantail tank. Turns out he's extremely inbred and severely disabled, and the pet shop was going to euthanize him if no one bought him and he didn't improve by the end of the day. So, I took him in.

In terms of infection/illness, he's EXTREMELY healthy. I mean, I have never had a fish as healthy as him in that way, not even my well-bred goldfish have been so healthy. He is super disabled, though. He has a fused tail, a curved fin, such a small inner mouth that I have to feed him baby betta pellets and veggie slurry, a jaw that won't close all the way, NO LIPS, and a large divet in his chin.

Now, he's doing very well! He lives in my main goldfish tank (40 gallons), and is getting long with the others. And man, I love this little guy! He gives me so much hope, and is thriving in his new home! I hope he lives for many years to come.


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How the 'divet' works in his mouth. The blue is his 'throat opening'. It does not stop him from breathing, but he will probably need a special slurry 3 times a day for the rest of his life. As you can see, it isn't a tumor, it's just part of his mouth.
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Finny vid!!!
 
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He's so cute. We had a goldfish that was also disabled. She swam like a drunken sailor all the time but she had such personality. She was always getting into trouble and was fun to watch. Enjoy your little guy.
 

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Ahh so cuuuute!
 

sootling

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He's so cute. We had a goldfish that was also disabled. She swam like a drunken sailor all the time but she had such personality. She was always getting into trouble and was fun to watch. Enjoy your little guy.
Oh my gosh, i can totally relate :lol:
 

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I love goldfish and kept them for a while. So soothing to watch. He’s a cutie and lucky to have you!
 

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Horrible and sad news...

He passed away last week due to tail rot that quickly progressed into dropsy. His death was so, so sudden, and I'd do anything to have him back with me right now, swimming happily as he used to :sorrow:

Swim In Peace, Finn, I'll love you forever.
 

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The fact that you took the money and time to look after a disabled fish is just amazing. I feel like a lot of disabled animals are rejected and a large majority of people won’t realise their great personalities and natures. You did everything you could.
RIP Finn
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Oh no! :sad4: I am so sorry, Ollie. You did your best to give him everything he could ever want.
 

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I am so sorry for your loss. :sorrow:
 

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I am sorry for your loss.
 

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May he rest in peace, free & unfettered.
:fish::sorrow:
 

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Sorry for your loss. You gave a good life to him and thank you for that.
 

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I am so sorry for your loss. You gave him a good home. Unfortunately fin rot can come on fast and they are gone in the blink of an eye. We too have suffered the quick tragic loss.
 

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So sorry for you loss. He sounds like he was a wonderful pet.
 

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I hope this video lifts your spirits. I feel so bad for goldfish. Often they do not get proper care and live much shorter lives than they should. That's so kind that you care for Finn.


 
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