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Old 01-06-2014, 06:48 AM   #41
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oh gosh..i wouldn't want to do that,hopefully they'll straighten.
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Old 01-06-2014, 09:07 AM   #42
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I'm with Willow! That would terrify me!
I've never kept Angels before. Do the bent fins affect their swimming at all? Pretty things, for sure - and lucky to have such a caring owner *hugs*
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Old 01-06-2014, 10:18 AM   #43
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Bent fins can be water quality, or genetics. Some breeders are breeding towards those wider dorsals, with the somewhat football shaped body I'd pin it on genetics. It doesn't affect their health or swimming ability, the ones with perfect fins & a nice round body are usually held back by the breeder as potential breeders.

It also depends on what the breeder wants to put out there with their name attached. I know breeders that cull 90%, looking for very specific genetic traits. Others cull practically nothing, twisted & missing ventrals, short gill plates, if their customers take it they'll sell it.
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Old 01-06-2014, 10:27 AM   #44
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Thanks for chiming in with your experience, Tolak! Good information! ^__^
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Old 01-07-2014, 04:34 AM   #45
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Well the breeder I got them from is pretty highly recommended and I believe she knows what she is doing. She seems really picky with what she sells. They all had straight fins to begin with. Then again, I don't believe their is anything wrong with my water, except that it is hard, which could cause the issues. They could genetically have slightly weak fins. I believe black and blushing have the most fragile fins.

Tonight I actually snipped my ghost and smokey angelfish's fins. Honestly, it wasn't a big deal. I reached the scissors in and they are friendly enough that they don't really run away. And SNIP! Just a quick painless cut. The angelfish don't even seem to realize it. I did it on those fish because the bend was only a small part of their fins. The black angelfish will require much more work........ May be too afraid. We will see how those fish so. I don't think they felt anything. The smoke I couldn't get ALL of it becaus so missed a spot, and by tr second clip he was too aware I was stalking him...
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Old 01-07-2014, 09:50 AM   #46
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It's amazing how trusting cichlids can be once they get to know you. . .glad to hear it went well - you're a braver person than I!!! Keep us posted on how it goes, please?
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Old 01-09-2014, 11:28 PM   #47
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I know! :) I love that angelfish come up to see me (well, hoping I give them food...). They really do have personalities, unlike for example my neon tetras.

I saw a lot of posts when I was looking up cutting fish fins comparing it to amputating an arm or something, and that it must be painful. But he hasn't shown any discomfort and didn't seem to even notice anything when I snipped it off. In fact, the most stressful part was me "stalking him" to snip it (once he caught on). I had to do 3 different snips to get it all (didn't want to have to do it again). The third time he was onto me.

Here he is. I should have taken a before picture. I probably have one somewhere maybe I will dig for it sometime. It was pretty bad! To be honest he looks a bit more comfortable now and he's prettier to me even now than before! The bend was so bad on him!

Hopefully it will grow back in straight and he will do fine and not get an infection or anything....

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Old 01-11-2014, 06:33 PM   #48
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His fins have grown back about 1.5 mm I'd estimate since I cut them. :)

And I was wondering if anyone would let me know their opinions! I have 7 angels in my 50g aquarium as we speak, and a few of them are actually getting to silver dollar size! So I need to get some out quick... I have room in my 44g which is outside (and I hardly see), so I want to keep the nicest inside. Since I have 2 ghost angelfish I think I should keep one inside and put one outside, but I love them both! I'm gonna post pics and can anyone let me know which they think I should keep inside? :))

I love them both! Queen Boo has big flowy fins that are very pretty imo, can't tell if she's superveil or what, but King Boo has practically perfectly clear cut fins that are nice!

Here is QUEEN BOO (ignore her cut upper fin! she had a very bad bend at the very tip so I snipped it off)

and here is KING BOO:

Sorry they are so gigantic! And in case people are wondering the names are in reference to king boo from the Nintendo games:

And I think "Queen Boo" just looks more womanly xD watch her turn out to be a Male. :D
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Old 01-13-2014, 10:45 PM   #49
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I'm tempted to try upgrading to a 75g! Ahh!

Someone stop me xD!
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Old 01-16-2014, 10:23 AM   #50
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stop you……..nahhhhhhhhhh go for it…..hurry up…..go…runnnnnnnnn
then post pictures
and one pair of my angels i can hand feed too.
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