So this uh, was not supposed to happen.
We went out today to have a ladies night out, and stopped by the big pet store to grab some black worms. Well, I couldn't help but look when my friend pointed out the albino senegalus that has been in there for ages has only one fin.
She was right...the poor thing had only one front fin. He's been in there for a while, and I cannot believe I never noticed that he has...only one front fin. Well, I decided to see if I could bring him home. Had a word with a staffer and asked if they could bring the price down, and he asked the manager and the manager okay'd it.
Turns out the staff have a name for this little fish. His name is Stumpy and he came in with that one...fin. So it seems like it's probably genetic, and it is probably a deformity. There is no sign of damage, or even the possibility of the one fin even being on that side to begin with.
Well, Stumpy decided when he was netted that he didn't like the experience one bit. So he jumped out of the net, slithered across multiple tanks and then slid behind the whole wall tank set up. it took 4 staff to finally locate and get him unstuck. Course when they did he jumped again and went further down under the tanks. I was able to get my hands on him, and scoop him up and back into the bucket.
Stumpy has a new name now. He's Stumpinia after he tried to play a Houdini on everyone. I'm not sure how well he's going to do now that I have him. It's possible he got injured during his escape internally. He won't move much unless I attempt to catch him again, but then again he's probably really scared and in some form of shock after today's events. So the lights are dimmed and he's hanging out in the 80 gallon tank.
I'm not too worried about him at his size right now. He is not fast enough with that one fin to catch a Rasbora. There are also a lot of black worms in there now. So if he gets hungry there is easy prey. The loaches are technically too big for him to eat too. It's a wait and see how he does game but I'm giving him a better chance than what he had. Stay in a tiny tank too long you end up with major stunting issues.
You can best see his one side with no fin in this picture:
Here he is, a very short video I took: One Finned Albino Senegalus Bichir - YouTube