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post #1 of 3 Old 09-09-2017, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
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Incredible surgery on a fish egg using 2 sewing needles !!!

SURGERY ON A FISH EGG ! ( a tale of aquatic morality )
Hello, everyone I recently had a Golden Wonder Killifish that hatched from its egg, but failed to completely break free of the egg membrane. Its head was still stuck inside the egg, while only the tail was free!
I found the fry about 24 hours after its brothers and sisters hatched, and it was tugging at my heart strings. It was going to die, if I did not act. So, I decided to try and free this fry from the egg membrane using two sewing needles and a bit of micro-surgery ! I The surgery went well, but the fry now has a swim bladder issue. Probably due to not being able to reach the surface soon enough after birth.
I was wondering if I did the right thing by saving this fish from certain death?
Or should I have let nature take its course?
Please watch the following 8 minute video of the surgery and the end result of my actions, and let me know if I did the right thing.
Thank you . . .
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post #2 of 3 Old 09-12-2017, 12:04 AM
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My first thought is that you were doing the right thing! After seeing the video, I still believe intervention is the humane method, and that it's the technique that needs to be scrutinized.. I saw the needle as an accurate approach, and felt confident in your efforts.
If I encounter something similar...I will pretend for a moment that I am a cave-man and scoop it out of the aquarium, squeeze the sack off its head with my thumb and fore finger, and drop it back in the drink.. (It's your life, do what you believe is right!)
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Man that's some precision! Only in aquaria can we negate survival of the fittest....at least for a little while. Was it the right thing to do? Only you can answer that. Do you feel good about what you did? That's all that matters. I personally don't think there was a wrong way to handle the situation.


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